Seth Klarman: Leadership in Investing and Life

Seth Klarman: Leadership in Investing and Life
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Published on Mar 28, 2017

An interview with billionaire value investor, Seth Klarman. In this interview Seth discusses his leadership style and the strengths and weaknesses of his technique. Seth also talks about what he sees as the best way to manage an investment firm and what he looks for in new hires.

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Video Segments:
0:00 Introduction
1:32 What is your business?
2:24 How many people work in your firm?
2:40 Leadership style?
4:22 What does your work day look like?
5:54 Why do you do philanthropic work?
9:02 Teaching at HBS
10:23 How to develop as leaders?
12:47 What culture do you want to create at your hedge fund?
14:09 Building trust
16:25 Who are your role models?
19:23 What can the nonprofit sector learn from business?
22:35 Nonprofits you are involved in?
24:03 Your strengths and weaknesses?
27:09 Advice on delivering bad news?
30:34 Can you develop empathy?
32:16 What do you look for in graduates?
35:12 What experience do you feel good about?
36:25 Mistake you have made as a leader?
37:24 Are there commonalities between leaders?
40:33 How to be successful without charisma?
43:02 Do you need time for reflection?
45:32 Can you be successful with a good work/life balance?

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Interview Date: May 2006
Event: Harvard University "Psychology of Leadership" course
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