Leadership 101

President and CEO of ADP, Carlos Rodriguez, attributes his life’s successes two things: education and work ethic.

“Education is the one thing that can’t ever be taken away from you,” Rodriguez told students and faculty attending the second presentation in the 2017-18 MBA Executive Speaker Series.

During the “town hall” discussion with Dean Greg Cant, Rodriguez, who was the first speaker in the MBA Executive Speaker Series in 2012, recalled how after emigrating from Cuba to Miami in the 1960s, his father worked two jobs to keep the family afloat. That dedication has guided Rodriquez throughout his career.

With ADP since 1999, most recently as President and Chief Operating Officer since May 2011, and previously as President of National Account Services and Employer Services International, Rodriguez joined the payroll company through its acquisition of Vincam, where he served initially as CFO for a short period before becoming President of ADP TotalSource.

ADP has been able to remain an industry leader, he said, by staying ahead of the curve and investing in technological advancements. The payroll conglomerate also has been able to keep pace with competitors by spinning off smaller niche businesses to meet market expectations. 

Rodriguez warned against allowing your leadership style to stagnate. The detail-oriented and analytical leader explained how he had to let go of his micromanaging tendencies and learn to delegate so he could focus on talent management.

“If you can’t grow and evolve as a leader,” he said, “you probably won’t grow in an organization.”

He concluded the discussion by pointing out that the most important achievement is his family and focus on the work life balance.

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