Gary R. Epler, M.D.

Internationally Known Harvard Medical School Professor


People-Centered leadership. There are three types of leaders. The dark-triad tyrannical leader who is only interested in a personal agenda and will do anything to push through the agenda at any cost. The by-the-book leader who tries to manage people by traditional methods. There is the people-centered leader who maximizes the components of well-being creating an optimistic non-threatening work environment filled with energy, creativity, innovation, and success. 

Good leadership means being able to make decisions, positive social communication, commitment, confidence, persistence, creativity, integrity, and for the entrepreneur, funding and team building. These traits can be learned, and for best results, practiced in a self-sustaining and self-maintaining way. The five components of well-being and the ten health practices can be used to create people-centered leaders. It’s always about the other person. It’s not about ego-centered leaders.  

Entrepreneurship is the driving force for success. Learn to deal with competition in daily life and in the business world. Break from tradition to build businesses. Entrepreneurship is thrilling and filled with “entrepreneurial fear,” which is the constant feeling of risk and loss admixed with the exhilarating feeling of inevitable success. Startups will fail.  Yet, the entrepreneur will learn to manage rejection and learn from failures, and most important of all, the entrepreneur will learn to enjoy the process.

Business one-liners will propel people forward. Take profit first. Pixar films are not finished, they’re released. Give the good news in individual amounts. Give bad news in one big amount. People like flat rates better than pay by play. Make decisions and make them fast. Use the worm’s-eye view. Use the subconscious mind for sales and persuasion. Network and ask questions. The steps toward making a discovery are the same as starting a company.