William D. Green, chairman and C.E.O. of Accenture, says competence, confidence and caring are vital to success.
Q. Tell me about important leadership lessons you’ve learned?
A. I’m a proud plumber’s son from Western Massachusetts. In my family, working with tools is the highest honor. It isn’t how many degrees you have. It’s what you can do. So that had a big impact on me. What that says is, it doesn’t matter what you look like, what you talk like, where you went to school, where you came from, any of that stuff. What matters is what you’re capable of.