Managing Matters – Ron Kruszewski
This is the first “Managing Matters” column. The column, which we are writing for the St. Louis Business Journal, explores how leaders manage their businesses, and the people and ideas that influence their leadership. We feature Ron Kruszewski, Chairman and CEO of Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, and his thoughts on EQ in our first column.
“Ron Kruszewski is high on EQ and learned early in his career that intellect alone does not carry the day. Kruszewski, chairman and chief executive of Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., admits to not being a good team player in his early years. He felt he could “get to the right answer intellectually, and I would just run people over.” After a project, he would look back and “just see carnage.” He credits one of his mentors, Fred Kasten at R. W. Baird & Co., with helping him see the importance of taking a more team-oriented approach to getting the same results.”