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Yum! Brands CEO on Effective Business Leaders

An effective business leader is alert to discovering the talents and abilities in the people in his organization and those interviewed in the hiring process, seeking to put them to best use for the firm.

David Novak, author of Taking People with You, and Yum! Brands CEO and chairman, leads 1.5 million people who work for KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut in 120 countries.

“When you think about what you need to get done in your company, you know you can’t get it done by yourself,” Novak said. “There is no way you can get something done without taking people with you.” —Forbes

Novak teaches a personal leadership course eight times a year. Forbes writes that his key lessons are putting people first, constantly recognizing achievers, being constantly self-aware and constantly growing as a leader. Leadership is about moving from "Me to We," he says.

Read Forbes' brief article about Novak on leadership.

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