How three leaders worked their way up from the (very) bottom

Thu Jun 4, 2015 10:07am EDT
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By Chris Taylor

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Are leaders born, or made?

There is plenty of debate on the issue, but one thing is certain: Most leaders do not start out at the pinnacle. They begin their careers on the bottom rung of the ladder just like everyone else.

With that in mind, as part our Reuters' monthly series on First Jobs, we talked to a few of America's top leadership gurus about the first gigs they ever had.

The key takeaway: From humble duties come powerful life lessons.

Lenny Wilkens

Hall of Fame NBA player and coach

First job: Selling fruit   Continued...

New York Knicks new head coach Lenny Wilkens shouts instructions to his team, as they play the Seattle SuperSonics in the second quarter of their NBA game at New York's Madison Square Garden, January 16, 2004. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine