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Success Secrets of 9 Top Leaders

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Peter Ho

 
You might think someone like Peter Ho, the newly appointed president of Bank of Hawaii Corp., is strictly a dollars and cents kind of a guy. But when it comes to being an effective leader, Ho says the ability to recognize and deal with human factors trumps business savvy and analytics any day.

  “I have a longstanding belief that just about everything that comes out of business is a result of people,” Ho says.

“So being a good leader is all about being a good shepherd, motivator, manager and catalyst for people.”

And that he is. Ho, who has been with Bank of Hawaii since 1993, currently sits on more than a dozen nonprofit boards, which allows him to act as sort of a human stethoscope for the pulse of the community.

“You have to be engaged if you want to make a difference,” Ho says.

“[Community service] is a great way to network with other like-minded individuals and I truly believe that your success is dictated by the people you surround yourself with.”

But, before you can impact others, Ho says, you have to take care of what he calls your base set of responsibilities.

“If you’re not taking care of your family and your health, it won’t really matter how successful you are in business,” he says. “Fight like heck to maintain healthy work-life balance.” Once you achieve that, he adds, you’ll be able to align yourself with the right people and find something you’re truly passionate about.

At 43, the 1983 Punahou graduate is being touted as the next great leader of this generation. Tell him that, and he’ll just laugh.

“Life is all about learning and persevering, and, believe me, I still have a lot to learn when it comes to being my best self,” Ho says.

We’re not worried.

– SE

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