KEYS TO HIS SUCCESSFUL LEADERSHIP: POSITIVE THINKING, PERSEVERANCE AND HUMOR.

Author:Gonzalez, Alejandro
Position::SPECIAL REPORT: LEONARDO RODRIGUEZ
 
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PASSION, COMMITMENT

The qualities that all the friends and colleagues of Leo Rodriguez recognize are his ability to listen, to anticipate other people's reactions, and to plan strategies.

He is always get one step ahead. Affable, good-humored, an optimist by nature, and a great conversationalist, he knows as few do the fortunes and misfortunes of Latin America, having traveled the region from north to south during 40 years.

His leadership style is participatory, providing his team with plenty of space, and always focuses on the customers. "Above all, he ensures that his team members understand the needs and the aims of each and every one of their customers," says Mike Train, executive president of Emerson Automation Solutions.

This concern for the customers is maximized by his commitment to the company and to meeting the goals he has set for himself. "In golf, just as in business, Leo is constantly committed to achieving the best results," said Train, who has known him for 26 years and shares his love of golf. "He always strives to achieve the best possible scores. He likes to take risks and achieve the targets he sets for himself," Train told Latin Trade.

A CHALLENGING ROUTE

Perhaps the biggest challenge that Rodriguez has faced as head of the region is to coordinate operations and achieve consensus within such a demanding organization as Emerson and a region as complex and nuanced as Latin America.

"There are cultures to which you have to build bridges, traditions that must be respected, and an identity that must be established," said...

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