Jay Z Leadership Traits

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Shawn Carter, also known as Jay-Z, has several leadership traits that yield impressive accomplishment in the evolving and fickle music industry. He grew up in the Marcy Projects in Brooklyn; his father abandoned his family, and he sold crack cocaine to furnish for his household (Birchmeier, n.d.). These factors create a less than idyllic upbringing for an individual that according to Forbes magazine is currently worth over $450 million (Hip-Hop's Future Billionaires, n.d.). A clothing line, record label, restaurant, and sports franchise owner Jay-Z is an entrepreneur extraordinaire, but what traits does he exhibit to be prosperous.
In a 2010 Forbes interview with Warren Buffett, Jay-Z spoke of the secrets to his achievement:
• Desire
• Determination
• Discipline
• Aptitude to disregard emotion
• Dependability
• Ability to mature from gaffes
• A component of luck and exceptional fortune
Source: Jay-Z and Warren Buffett Talk Success and Giving, 2010 These leadership traits serve him well along with the fact he entered the music industry at twenty-six after experiencing life and this factor allows him to focus on achieving success (Santoro, 2015). The maturity and wisdom Jay-Z displays, in comparison to other artists in the music business, are two
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In the book Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went from Street Corner to Corner Office, Zack Greenburg writes regarding Jay-Z’s self-discipline, risk-taking attitude, and ability to recuperate from mistakes (Greenburg, 2011). In the book Good to Great by Jim Collins, he talks about different levels of leadership and making those around you exceptional; this describes Jay-Z. Jay-Z is passionate, inspirational, open to transformation, authentic, and leads by example. He embodies a level five leader, and his leadership traits can transfer over to other

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