What was an important event in this leader’s childhood?
Zhang Ruimin was born on January 5, 1949. As a youth, Zhang was swept up in the Cultral Revolution and like many other students, he joined the Red Gaurds as the movement cascaded across the country. In 1982, he was promoted to deputy manager of the "Household Appliance Division" of the Qingdao municipal government. In a twist of fate, Zhang was dragooned into taking over as general manager of the Qingdao Refrigerator Plant when the previous manager left.
What elements of leadership did your leader learn during his/her life?
Zhang managed a lot of companies in his time and at each one he learned something new. Just like in the Qingdao Refrigerator Plant he learned how to manage people and machineri.
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