A recent survey involving more than 3,600 technology workers revealed that SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk is the "most inspirational" leader in the industry for 2019. After Musk were their other titans of some of the biggest worldwide companies including Jeff Bezos on Amazon, Satya Nadella on Microsoft and Jack Ma on Alibaba.
The study was conducted by the job search market Hired who describes himself as a company that matches the world's most innovative talents with the most innovative companies on the market. For its Global Health Report 2019, the company asked its respondents to rank the technology leaders they think are most inspiring. Musk came out from above.
There are several reasons why the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla was considered to be the most inspiring among the survey respondents. Among them is the fact that Musk is not afraid to think big. With every project you own, whether it's SpaceX, Tesla, Neuralink, and even side projects like The Boring Company, Musk's endgame is never small in scale or myopic.
After all, there was one time when the idea of a private space flight was considered fake or the idea of an all-electric car defeating Porsche's time around Nurburgring was considered improbable; but with Musk's determination, these things are already a reality. Musk does tend to miss deadlines because of his optimism, but he delivers, though late.
Another plausible reason for Musk's inspirational qualities is his lack of hesitation in putting him in the front lines. In the early days of SpaceX, Musk set its sights on the success of Falcon 1 and allowed the startup space company to orbit virtually the skin of its teeth. Musk also took Tesla's reins during the financial crisis to help him survive an unforgiving period in which even the GM jungle machine could not survive.
Musk has never abandoned this habit. While Tesla was building its GA4 based at the Fremont plant last year, Musk was spotted tightening bolts among workers of the electric car manufacturer. Musk also made sense to stay in Fremont during Model 3's worst production hell, to sleep on a sofa in one of the factory's conference rooms. Asked why he chose to expose himself, Musk was honest.
"The reason I was sleeping on the floor was not because I couldn't go through the road and be in the hotel. It was because I wanted my circumstance to be worse than any other company on purpose. Like any pain they experienced, I wanted mine to be worse. That's why I did it, "he said.
The same applies to the company's improvements in autopilot technology. In a statement to Information members of the company's autopilot development team revealed that Musk was used as a primary test of the company's driver assistance systems. This poses some risk to the CEO, with team members saying that Musk finds himself in "situations that many of us would not want to find ourselves in." However, despite the risks, this strategy also allows the company to is developing and improving its autopilot software quickly.