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100 Great Business Leaders by Jonathan Gifford

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INTRODUCTION

THE CAREER OF ANY great business leader reads like the plot of a novel. Great leaders, by definition, have a vision that is not shared by everyone. There are difficulties and adversities to overcome; they face many obstacles, including self-doubt, but persevere in the hope of achieving their goal.

The earliest leader featured in the book, Cornelius Vanderbilt, was born in 1794. He made a living ferrying people around the waters of New York Bay in a sailing boat. When he saw the first steamboats, Vanderbilt recognised a new opportunity. He went to work for a steamboat operator to learn his trade, sometimes having to hide in a secret compartment of his boat when it was raided by officials of the New York Legislature, who had granted ...

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