Volvo Cars CEO, former Aston Marton exec says leadership shouldn’t just be for college graduates

Volvo Cars CEO, former Aston Marton exec says leadership shouldn't just be for college graduates

He also credits his rise to his parents, who emphasized that education, work ethic and respectful treatment of people were key factors in getting the best out of yourself.

Earlier Aston Martin boss Andy Palmer, who is now CEO of electric bus and van manufacturer Switch Mobility, left school at age 15 and became an apprentice at a UK-based supplier at age 16.

“Teacher training courses are excellent for teaching you your craft, but more importantly, they teach you empathy with people at all levels,” Palmer told Automotive News Europe Congress in Prague last month.

When asked if it’s harder or easier these days to emulate what he did, Palmer said, “To some extent, I think it’s probably harder now than it was during my time, because so many more people have degrees. If you don’t diploma “You stand out more as a negative. I don’t think that’s right.”

While Rowan and Palmer started out on the job, both increased their practical knowledge through lifelong learning and earned college degrees during their working careers.

For Palmer, combining the practical and the theoretical creates something special.

“I think the companies that both encourage and allow Darwinism to prevail will probably get the best leadership.”