Decision Making In The Leadership Chair

Decision Making In The Leadership Chair

Vital Lessons from Visionary Executives

William P. Lauder

with Laura Alber, Michael Berland, Edward D. Breen, Michael Eisner, William Clay Ford, Jr., Fabrizio Freda, Alex Gorsky, Mellody Hobson, Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., Jon M. Huntsman, Sr., Nancy Koehn, Ph.D., Indra K. Nooyi, Sarah Robb O’Hagan, Richard D. Parsons, James D. Robinson, IV, Dr. Judith Rodin, Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr., Michael Useem, Ph.D., Lauren Zalaznick, Strauss Zelnick

"It's been an honor to join William in the Wharton classroom for the past few years, and I am thrilled that our Estée Lauder Companies employees will also be able to share in this fantastic learning experience. William's commitment to thoughtful and principled decision making remains a true inspiration and driving force behind our Company's success."

Fabrizio Freda, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Estée Lauder Companies

"As a learning organization, we are always seeking new sources of insight and inspiration. This book contains an abundance of both, in the form of unforgettable stories and foundational lessons. As William and his guest contributors illustrate, the core principles that comprise The Estée Lauder Companies High-Touch Leadership Competencies are universal. I encourage each of our colleagues to read and reflect on the sage wisdom found in this volume and to apply the enclosed leadership checklist to their unique role in our Company."

Michael O'Hare, Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources, The Estée Lauder Companies

"Every great leader begins as a student of great leadership. This book offers an incredible window into the minds of and decisions made by successful leaders from nearly every industry — including our own William P. Lauder, a leader whose wisdom, insight, and extraordinary passion for learning has inspired generations at The Estée Lauder Companies to not only lead but learn from every chair. I continue to learn from William's extraordinary example and to benefit from the many valuable lessons contained within these pages."

Sara Moss, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, The Estée Lauder Companies
William P. Lauder

About The Author

William P. Lauder is Executive Chairman of The Estée Lauder Companies, a global leader in prestige beauty. Since joining the Company in 1986, Mr. Lauder has been instrumental in expanding the Company’s brand portfolio, distribution channels, and international presence. Under his leadership, the Company pioneered its online business and developed several successful new brands, such as Origins, and acquisitions, such as Aveda, Bobbi Brown, MAC, and Smashbox. Mr. Lauder was Chief Executive Officer of the Company from March 2008 through June 2009, and President and Chief Executive Officer from July 2004 through February 2008. From January 2003 through June 2004, he was Chief Operating Officer.

Mr. Lauder is a member of the boards of trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and The Trinity School in New York City, his alma maters. He also serves as Chairman of the Board for the Fresh Air Fund. Mr. Lauder’s additional board memberships include the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Jarden Corporation, The 92nd Street Y, The Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation, and Zelnick Media. In 2012, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania appointed Mr. Lauder to its faculty as guest lecturer. He is the son of Mr. Leonard A. Lauder and Mrs. Evelyn H. Lauder, and the grandson of the Company’s founder, Mrs. Estée Lauder.

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