Chairman and CEO Mike Baur is well-known, for co-founding the Swiss Startup factory in Zurich, Switzerland. After being involved within the banking industry, for two decades, Mike took a risky, yet groundbreaking move to create the most-lucrative and sought after start-up in Zurich.
What drives Mike for success is his passion. However, it is his great ability to lead that keeps entrepreneurs and future business leaders to form alliances with him and the Start up Factory.
Mike fits the description of a perfect leader, for being someone who makes a difference in people’s lives and providing a positive direction. If anyone would ask Mike what he believes adds to his leadership style, he would first say that it is his passion that drives everything he does. However, Mike would also state that his curiosity has helped him, not only lead successfully, but to consistently reach even higher.
Mike says, “Curiosity impacts me heavily every day.” With so many entrepreneurs depending upon ideas, for the Start up Factory, curiosity is a beneficial ingredient, for the type of leadership Mike must display. He has a “go-getter” approach to ideas and becomes extremely excited when his team gathers to brainstorm. Those are the opportunities Mike uses to show by example how a leader gets in the trenches with his team, for producing effective and measurable results.
As a privately funded startup company, Mike has the advantage to approach business in a more non-traditional manner. That advantage also impacts his leadership style. In order for there to be a successful outcome of any business venture, Mike says that people must be willing to take chances. He reminds his staff and those future business leaders within the Start up Factory, that risks are important. Mike illustrates this point further as a mentor to many of those within the three-month program which he designed.
Swiss start up Factory greatly benefits from the leadership style of Mike Baur. The company continues to provide excellent advantages not otherwise available to new business leaders and entrepreneurs. Through a respected mentor and coaching development plan, the three-month accelerator program is intended to build upon the core skills already present. Mike also designed a network of prestigious investor support, for entrepreneurs to leverage their business opportunities, providing them advantages well-beyond what’s needed.
What drives Mike continues to be curiosity and passion, but what keeps his reputation on solid ground and the Start up Factory, is the ability to lead people to greater heights. This unique quality is not something many others have, but Mike’s type of leadership is exclusive to his particular style to achieve extraordinary success, for those he leads.