Mouli Cohen on Business Leadership

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Mouli Cohen speaks on business leadership.

Mouli Cohen

Mouli Cohen, Founder and Chairman of Voltage Capital, spoke today about how the right leadership can inspire a team and an organization to greatness.

Setting an example for others to follow is an important concept, especially in tough economic times, the international investor and lifelong entrepreneur said in an interview Wednesday afternoon.

“The only safe ship in a storm is leadership,” Cohen said. “When uncertainty is pervasive and the future lacks predictability, employees need reassurance that their interests, as well as those of upper management, are valued and being protected.”

While management can be delegated to responsible people, leadership cannot. Cohen believes that the best leaders surround themselves with capable people who can perform and supervise the tasks and processes necessary to run a successful business. “Leaders understand that getting people united behind them is different than issuing instructions on what those people should be doing,” he said. “Leaders must focus on the bigger picture and ensure that everyone shares a common vision. This responsibility can’t be effectively transferred because that vision must come straight from the top.”

While the terms leadership and management are sometimes used interchangeably, Cohen thinks this only confuses two distinct but complementary concepts.

“Management is about control. Leadership is about guidance. To run an organization effectively, you need to control operations and systems, and you need to provide guidance to people. Management involves putting the right people into the right places with the right resources. Leadership is about turning those right people loose by setting high expectations, providing coaching, and acknowledging achievement.”

About Mouli Cohen
Mr. Cohen is a successful entrepreneur who has founded and developed successful ventures in the biotechnology, high technology, digital media and entertainment sectors. He has balanced his success in business with extensive philanthropic activities. Over the years he has supported children's charities, food programs, medical research, and the arts as well as education projects both in the US and abroad.

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