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CEO Perspective: Chris Gregoire, Head of Challenge Seattle

I’m a student of the question and I have a new favorite. I’m asking all the CEOs I interview or who are guests on my CEO Leadership Forum ‘Are you a leader who loves to win or hates to lose?’

It’s interesting because often the question gets equated with failure. I’m not sure if they hear something I’m not asking or if it’s the way I’m asking it – but in the end, it’s not about failure. It’s about winning – and what motivates you to achieve in an above average way.

So when I had the privilege of speaking with former Washington State governor, Chris Gregoire, I asked her this question. She answered: “I love to win – because if you go back to the first question – I love to involve as many people as possible and share in the joy of all that success that’s created. It breeds more success and more success and more and more satisfaction. That’s what I mean, by love to win.”

Former Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire has taken on some of the state’s biggest challenges, including cleaning up the Hanford nuclear site and addressing the state’s education issues and early learning initiatives. Now, she’s focused her attention on the issues Seattle faces as it grows. Read more of our interview on the Puget Sound Business Journal.


Find more CEO advice in my book From the CEO’s Perspective where I interview 20 top CEOs on how they are developing leaders in today’s world.

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