We’ve been honored to pick the brains of numerous leaders throughout our careers. In fact, we often discuss how lucky we both are to get a glimpse into how many of these leaders think. However, during a recent interview, we were more than surprised when David Novak, the former CEO of one of the world’s largest restaurant companies shared some advice that initially caught us off guard. “I’ll tell you the secret to great leadership,” Novak told us. “It’s to never have a certain type of person working for your organization.”

That comment got our attention. At first, it was actually a little unsettling—especially coming from a guy with the credentials of Novak. Yum! Brands, Inc., has more than 43,000 restaurants in more than 130 countries and territories—think Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC.  As a leader, Novak has been recognized as “2012 CEO of the Year” by Chief Executive magazine, one of the world’s “30 Best CEOs” by Barron’s and one of the “100 Best-Performing CEOs in the World” by Harvard Business Review. He’s world-renowned expert on recognition. And, he’s currently the Founder of oGoLead, a digital platform created to help build stronger leaders, as well as the author of two bestselling books.

“These people should never exist in your company,” he told us. “For me, it was a guy named Bob.”

“Tell us more,” we asked. “Employers, recruiters, and managers struggle to find the best people, develop the best teams, and avoid hiring mistakes. They want to find ways to create the best culture. And you’re saying an aspect of good leadership is to avoid a certain type of person?” READ MORE

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