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8 Lessons from eBay CEO John Donahoe

Online auction site eBay has stayed relevant through this constantly changing tech landscape through its emphasis on strong leadership. CEO John Donahoe’s principles are classic and clear. He says, “Ultimately, your reputation is not what you say, but what you do.” Here are 8 things CEOs can learn from him.

John Donahoe, CEO of eBay since March of 2008, has led the online auction site through the thick of economic turmoil. He spoke with Fortune for its “What CEOs Admire” column and share these important points:

  1. Every company will have moments when it’s “hot,” but it’s more important (and satisfying) to lead a company that lasts
  2. Enduring companies have a strong corporate culture and values
  3. Retaining top talent needs to be a priority
  4. Winning is important, but how you win is equally as important
  5. Benchmarking your company is key, but make sure you’re still looking outside of the box for innovative ideas
  6. Every company needs to be judged on its own
  7. Corporate reputation is important, but it’s not just about what a company says. “Ultimately your reputation is not what you say, but what you do.”
  8. Donahoe’s vision? To create opportunity and make a difference in people’s lives

In October 2011, Donahoe was a key speaker at Chief Executive’s CEOtech Conference at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. For Chief Executive’s coverage of Donahoe’s interview, please click here: eBay CEO John Donahoe on Harnessing Transformational Technology.

Read: What CEOs Admire: John Donahoe of eBay

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