Source | www.cnbc.com | Jade Scipioni
He now makes $66 million a year as the CEO of Disney, but Bob Iger’s rise to the top wasn’t exactly easy.
The Long Island native had to work odd jobs starting at the age of 13 to help support himself. As a teenager, he worked as a summer janitor in his school district, scraping gum from under desks.
He got his first position at ABC Television as a studio supervisor at 23 and spent the next 31 years moving through more than 20 different positions at the network. He was named CEO of The Walt Disney Company in 2005.
“I’ve been the lowliest crew member working on a daytime soap opera and run a network that produced some of the most innovative television (and one of the infamous flops) of all time. I’ve twice been on the side of the company being taken over, and I’ve acquired and assimilated several others, among them Pixar, Marvel, Lucas-film, and, most recently, 21st Century Fox,” Iger writes in his memoir, “The Ride of a Lifetime.”
And while he credits his father for encouraging him to work hard and stay productive, Iger has also learned a thing or two about what it takes to rise to the top — and stay there.
Iger outlines in his book a set of 10 principles, which he says helped him succeed and are essential for every good leader.