Innovate To Stay On Top with Brian Harper: Lead to Succeed 21

In this episode, Naphtali interviews Brian Harper, CEO of Rouse Properties. Brian delves into the importance of innovation and looking at the big picture, critical ingredients for success. Drawing from his years of experience, Brian provides some great leadership advice for folks embarking on their professional journeys. He talks about the need for transparency and a need to be inspired by something greater than money. You will also learn about his involvement with Autism Speaks and the various joys and challenges of raising an autistic child. Tune in and feel inspired by hearing this passionate entrepreneur share his life’s learnings.

Podcast highlights:

  • 01:01 – Naphtali introduces Brian Harper
  • 02:25 – Brian shares his biggest business challenge that he successfully managed to overcame
  • 05:19 – Learn how close friends and family help Brian get rid of self-doubt
  • 08:06 – We talk about the value of learning continuously
  • 10:29 – Discussing how innovation, dynamism and having an eye on the big picture is key to success
  • 13:18 – Brian’s leadership advice for young professionals
  • 16:20 – Brian talks about the joys and challenges of raising his autistic child; he also talks about this involvement with Autism Speaks
  • 22:21 – Learn why it is crucial that you deal with your colleagues with absolute transparency
  • 24:23 – Would love to spend time with Jesus and Elon Musk for their exceptional leadership skills
  • 26:18 – Brian talks about his spiritual connection; draws inspiration from the Gospel to be a servant leader and to lead by example

Rapid Fire:

  • 29:31 – Favorite form of recreation? Tennis
  • 29:37 – Best part of business travel? Exploring different areas and cultures
  • 29:48 – The coolest store located on one of your properties? Lulu Lemon and Tesla are some of his favorites
  • 30:11 – Something that you are not very good at? Delegating

Connect with Brian:

  • 30:31 – Get in touch with Brian via email


  • 31:43 – One Final Life Lesson: Follow your passion

Interesting fact:

In New York, it is a legal requirement for the seller to disclose if the property to be sold is believed to be haunted by ghosts.

Leadership quote:

The supreme quality of leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it not real success is possible. No matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.
— Dwight D. Eisenhower

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