I’ll tell you more about it a little later, but before that, let me share the story from the book…
Michelin, originally a small family business established in 1881, is now a globally renowned group that has always emphasized a “good family father” management approach to its industrial tool and the people who help it grow.
We will delve into what leadership meant for one of the founders of the Michelin family, like François Michelin, for whom leadership and serving people is simply a matter of common sense.
It was a self-taught worker, Marius Mignol, who later became an engineer, who developed the first prototype of the radial tire. Its uniqueness lies in the steel belts on the sidewalls that significantly reduce heat build-up.
The 2CV was the first car to be equipped with radial tires as standard in 1948.
François Michelin and Edouard Michelin’s primary concern was the well-being of individuals.
It was thanks to this approach that a simple typesetter could unleash his creativity. Overcoming challenges, he became an engineer capable of launching a major innovation in Michelin’s value proposition.
In 1941, the radial tire was born from Marius Mignol’s pencil strokes.
Edouard Michelin said this to his personnel chief at the time of hiring this promising employee. He later referred to him as a genius after a discovery of a calculation rule!
Edouard Michelin was a man with a lot of empathy and charisma. To learn more about this story, we recommend reading Alexandre Dianne-Havard’s book: “Créé pour la Grandeur.”
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According to Alexandre Dianne-Havard, the greatness of leadership in certain individuals is primarily “an ideal of life.” This is described in ten points that reflect the DNA of Virtuous Leadership.
Being a good leader means allowing those who do not yet know it to discover the diamond within themselves.
You will get there sooner or later. But impactful encounters with virtuous leaders ensure that you save time.
After France’s victory in the 1998 FIFA World Cup, the question was posed to Aimé Jacquet: “What makes Zidane a good captain?”
He answered very accurately: “He is a player who, when he plays, enhances the performance of other players on the field, and it’s true that when we watched him play, we saw the humility he exuded on the field.
But we also noticed a magnanimity of the race of great men, with the willingness to let others succeed and thrive on the field.
According to Alexandre Dianne-Havard, leadership is an ideal of life based on two inseparable elements: magnanimity and humility.
These two elements are intrinsically linked to the definition of a great man in his leadership.
A book that I highly recommend is “Créé pour la Grandeur: Le leadership comme idéal de vie” (Created for Greatness: Leadership as an Ideal of Life).