Former GE CEO Jack Welch's no frills—and sometimes
cutthroat—approach to business helped him make General
Electric a $400-billion company by the end of his tenure in 2001.
Though criticized for his desire to make GE a more competitive
company, Welch is probably most admired for his leadership style.
The CEO enjoyed tailored suits, private jets, and an eight-figure
salary per year, but that didn't stop him from sitting face-to-face
with a team of 15, 150, or 1,500 employees to talk about what they
needed to do to make GE a better company. He knew the value of his
team and customers, and he knew that strong leadership made for