Education: B.A., economics, Brown University
First job: I worked in an anti-poverty program that was administered by the state. I was probably 18 or 19 years old at the time. I ran a program that hired kids for the summer and sort of administered it on behalf of the state.
What is the best business lesson you’ve learned?
The value of culture in a company. When I started out in this business, it wasn’t as clear to me, but now, it’s palpable. You can go different places and sense when a business has a good culture. People with good values enjoy working in a place that has other people with good values.
What traits or skills are essential for a business leader?
Personal integrity, a capacity to focus, a capacity to empower people and understanding the value of teams and teamwork.
What are some universal truths you’ve learned about leadership?
You cannot demand respect and trust; you have to earn it. Also, often the best leaders are the ones you barely know exist because success seems to happen so effortlessly.
Fast fact: Liberty Property Trust owns more than 73 million square feet of office and industrial space in more than 20 markets throughout the United States and the United Kingdom.