The One Question Every Successful Leader Can Answer

Go down to the nitty gritty.

Fortune

The Leadership Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely questions about careers and leadership. Today’s answer to the question: What’s the best way to keep your company successful? is written by Jackie Yeaney, EVP of strategy and marketing at Red Hat.

Never, ever lose sight of why you are in business. This goes deeper than the notion of providing better products or services to a particular type of customer or market. I mean the true ‘why’ you exist in the first place. What would the world lose if your company was no longer here? For us at Red Hat, we exist to bring the power of open source innovation to the enterprise. If Red Hat were gone, thousands of companies would be scrambling to figure out how to harness the benefits of open source, while still…

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