An inspiration in the entrepreneurial world, Jeff Weiner is a visionary, who has achieved insurmountable success as the CEO of LinkedIn. His net worth of $160 million and shares worth $78 million only go to showcase his accomplishments as a business leader though they fail to elucidate on his philanthropic deeds and his incredible patronal nature towards his employees.
After having achieved a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Weiner decided to work with esteemed companies, such as, Warner Bros Studios and Yahoo!, where he worked in top management positions. Following this, he joined LinkedIn in December 2008 and has been working as the CEO of the company for over a decade now. A major highlight of his career came in the year of 2016 when Weiner played a prominent role in the acquisition of LinkedIn by Microsoft for $26 billion.
With a strong focus and clarity of vision, which is essential for reaching the apex, Weiner has worked steadfastly with LinkedIn to expand its reach with his masterstrokes of business operations and strategies. Explaining what makes a great leader, he once shared, “The important word there is ‘inspire’. The key difference between managers and leaders is that managers tell people what to do while leaders inspire them to do it.”
Paving the way for true inspiration, this leader par excellence has spent ample time guiding upcoming start-ups with emotive words and puts emphasis on the significance for perseverance. “If you have true vision and you want to try something that hasn’t been done before, there are going be a lot of naysayers,” he observed. It is this penchant for perseverance along with being a visionary that made him win several accolades including being one of the US Overall Winners of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2011. He was also voted by his employees to be in the “top 10 CEOs at US Tech Companies” during Glassdoor’s 2014 survey.
Apart from being a leader extraordinaire, Weiner is among the directors for organisations such as, DonorsChoose.org and Malaria No More. His considerate nature for his employees is unfailingly inspiring and was especially highlighted in 2016, when he donated $14 billion as stock bonus to his workforce following a plunge in share prices. With over 20 years of experience under his belt in various divisions of the corporate sector, Weiner has worked tirelessly to build his reputation as a person who not only aids in management, but also facilitates in the development of better communities. With such massive contributions to the business world as well as our society, it is no wonder then that the man carries his legacy of inspiring others to this day.