17. Cheryl Bachelder

Good leaders need to know where they want to take their businesses, but they don’t have to know all the details of the route—just who to ask for directions. It’s all about having a healthy sense of humility, according to Cheryl Bachelder, who credits Procter & Gamble (P&G) with helping her lay the foundations of her business career and later build it up through two influential times with the company. The first was in her three formative years right out of school, as an Assistant Brand Manager in the bar soap and household cleaning products division. She hadn’t been looking for a job with P&G, but she was intrigued when the company came after her on the strength of the initiative and leadership she had shown in reestablishing ...

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