Adena Friedman, CEO of NASDAQ. She is the first woman to lead a major U.S. stock exchange.
"Complacency is the enemy of all great companies, and fighting complacency is the biggest challenge of any leader. If you’re No. 1 or No. 2 in your market, it’s very easy to become complacent. I think that being a great leader is making sure people are competitively paranoid all the time and that they feel driven to improve and enhance the offering to clients. At any point, a competitor can come and eat your lunch."
"Don’t sit in your office and simply do what you’re told. Be intellectually curious, ask questions, walk around; try to learn as much about the business as you can. That’s No. 1. No. 2, own your career. Don’t assume that opportunity will come to you. Put yourself forward when there is an opportunity. You have to stay hungry. Every time you feel entitled, you’re making a mistake. I come to work every day thinking I have to earn my job, and I really believe that. I don’t have a given right to my job, I need to prove my value in my role every single day."
New York Times, Photograph via Business Insider