Great leaders understand that relationships are essential to success—success in business and in life. This video features David Glass and Don Soderquist, retired CEO and COO of Walmart. Under their leadership, sales at Walmart more than quadrupled, surpassing $200 billion, making it the largest company in the world. David and Don spent many years together building a remarkable company. Along the way, they were intentional about cultivating a strong relationship. This 4-minute video is a humorous inside look into that relationship.
In the 1990s, David Glass and Don Soderquist led Walmart through a period of unprecedented growth. Under their leadership as CEO and COO (respectively), Walmart grew from being the largest retailer in the world with sales of $44 billion, to becoming the largest company in the world with sales over $200 billion. Walmart’s success is grounded in the highly ethical, performance-focused, servant leadership philosophies that founder, Sam Walton, David, and Don instilled in the hearts of every associate. The two have received numerous awards, including the Retail Hall of Fame to Mr. Glass and the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame to Mr. Soderquist. David continues to serve as a member of the Walmart Board of Directors and is now Owner and CEO of the Kansas City Royals. Today Don’s passion is to teach the values-based principles he has learned during his career to organizations around the world. One of the ways he achieves this vision is through The Soderquist Center for Leadership & Ethics.