Leadership Tips From History's Biggest Drug Baron

There's more to shifting a billion dollars worth of Bolivian marching powder than just remembering not to sample your own wares.

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Over at Medium, James Altucher interviewed Rick Ross. There are a few folk who share that name, including the rapper, the consultant and even the lead singer of Deacon Blue, but in this case he chatted to "Freeway" Rick Ross, most famous for selling cocaine in the 80s that was conservatively measured in tonnes.

Ross was, in his time, a very serious drug baron, and that meant running his enterprise as a very serious enterprise. So what were his strategies for a successful — albeit entirely illegal — business?

It turns out that running a high-capacity coke business isn't much different to running any other large enterprise, with Ross outlining the need to have people working for you who are given opportunities to excel even beyond your own scope; being honest (no, really!) because in that particular trade things can turn very nasty exceptionally easily; avoiding ostentation for fairly obvious reasons; and not to focus purely on the money.

Which, as the article notes, is an odd thing for a drug baron to say, but it's built on the premise that the benefits of work should extend beyond the purely financial so that they build upon each other, rather than being a byproduct of simply being rich. Hit the link for the full interview.

What I Learned About Leadership When I Interviewed The Biggest Drug Dealer In History [Medium]


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