Elevator Company President Offers Tips From the Top Floor

By Dave Hendrick

A key player in what he describes as the vertical transportation industry, Schindler Elevator President Greg Ergenbright (MBA ’93) leads an elevator company that he says will have a major role in both mobility and sustainability in the future.

In a recent Q&A posted to Darden’s The Network section, Ergenbright discusses running elevator companies, the value of a Darden education and leadership lessons learned.

Leadership, for me, really boils down to two things: attitude and dependability. As a leader of an organization, you set the tone, and I believe you do that through your attitude and your consistency. If people know that they can depend on you, then they can trust you. Attitude and trust — it’s really that basic. I learned this through experience — through how I responded to people who have led me. The adage is true: “To be a good leader, you must first be a good follower.” Whom are you inspired to follow? I paid attention to and followed the people who inspired me, and the people who inspired me were the people with a positive attitude in whom I trusted.

Read the full Q&A with Greg Ergenbright and watch a series of recent Hot Topics videos featuring Ergenbright on YouTube.

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