William Weldon

UCLA ANDERSON SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

William Weldon

Chairman and CEO, Johnson & Johnson, at the UCLA Anderson School of Management

Weldon pointed to two adages that have inspired him most: the words written on Jackie Robinson's tombstone—"The value of a life is measured by its impact on other lives"—and his own company's credo, which says strong leaders are those who build a sense of purpose for themselves, their employees, and their organization.

"If you and your organization are firmly anchored in something that is larger than yourselves, the people around you will sense it. They will know that you and the organization have a central, unique core. They'll know that you live by a non-negotiable set of beliefs and ethics. And they'll want to follow you."