Lee Scott, the former Wal-Mart truck fleet manager who eventually rose to become the retail giant's CEO, charmed the audience during the keynote presentation on Day 2 of Modex 2014 in Atlanta. His self-effacing humor, humbleness, fluid conversational style, and thoughtful responses to the answers posed by DC Velocity's Mitch Mac Donald, who served as moderator, demonstrated the kind of quiet charisma that helped to make him such an effective leader.
Scott spoke about business issues, including the challenges confronting companies and managers in the areas of technology, human resources, and business management, but much of the conversation centered on people. His experiences at Wal-Mart, Scott said, taught him that an appreciation for both the abilities and the needs of other people are necessary for anyone who wants to be a successful leader. Other comments in that vein, including advice for success, included:
The best part of his career has been the people he has met and the long-lasting, mutually respectful relationships he has developed, Scott said. That, he said, was among his most important measures of personal success.
For more from Scott, see the article "A logistician turned CEO: interview with Lee Scott" from the March 2014 issue of DC Velocity.