The Young Entrepreneur Council is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. Read previous SmartBlogs posts by YEC.

yec_alexandra levit1. Deborah DeHaas

I recently had the opportunity to spend some time with Deborah DeHaas, the chief inclusion officer at Deloitte. I strive to emulate Deb because she is always open to new knowledge and experiences, regardless of where or who it comes from. She understands the delicate balancing act performed by working parents on a daily basis, and she makes every second count. — Alexandra Levit, Inspiration at Work

yec_kelsey meyer2. My father

I grew up watching my dad really care about the people he worked with. That single attribute has influenced how I work with our team and clients each day. It’s easy to get wrapped up in a bunch of theories on leadership, but nothing beats simply caring about the people you lead. — Kelsey Meyer, Influence & Co.

yec_Martina Welke3. Amy Cuddy

Amy Cuddy has done a great job of researching and defining a leadership style that emphasizes warmth over severity. I admire the way she’s proven effective leaders can be both kind and competent (not just one or the other), and I think this style is necessary to build a collaborative and creative workplace. — Martina Welke, Zealyst

 

Elizabeth Saunders4. My business coaches

I’ve had a variety of coaches during my entrepreneurial journey, and I try to emulate their style of encouraging growth and accountability in the people around me. — Elizabeth Saunders, Real Life E

yec_Vanessa Van Edwards5. Marie Forleo

Marie Forleo is a sassy, confident and awesome entrepreneurial female who isn’t afraid to share her voice and lead with integrity. She has built her inspiring empire into a million-dollar business by leading with authenticity. I so admire how she has been able to be successful while giving back to the world. She inspires me to be better, and it’s on my bucket list to be on her show! — Vanessa Van Edwards, Science of People

yec_Kim Kaupe6. My mother

The best leadership advice came from my mother’s background as a school teacher. She taught students a lesson, task or way to problem solve and then helped them replicate it. With each new team member, we spend quality time teaching them not only the job, but also how we want the job done. Specifying the route to greatness leaves little room for confusion about how to succeed at ZinePak. — Kim Kaupe, ZinePak

yec_Doreen Bloch7. Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, is known for a leadership style that is demanding and ruthlessly focused on the customer. It’s inspiring to learn about a founder who has successfully scaled a company from founding to IPO and beyond. Bezos continues to invest in innovation, and he pushes beyond the perceived core competencies of his business. — Doreen Bloch, Poshly Inc.

yec_Emily Doubilet8. Tony Hsieh

We try to emulate Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, because he understands how important it is to have fun! To be successful, you need to feel invigorated, and you need to have fun. Fun is the most underused tool and yet so essential for good business and innovation. We believe in a creative, unique company culture — one that’s a little quirky, a little weird and a lot of fun. — Emily Doubilet, Susty Party

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