Slash's rock-star roadmap to success

Former Guns N' Roses lead guitarist Slash is no stranger to the public eye. After reaching the top echelons of rock stardom with GNR in the late '80s through the early '90s, he continued to find success as a solo artist, and other projects following his departure in 1996.

Slash is best known among rock fans for his signature guitar chops and trademark top hat on the stage. But the bright lights often overshadow his less glamorous work of running his own record label and new horror film production company, Slasher Films.

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When asked asked about his life as a businessman offstage, Slash is no different than any other entrepreneur who spends a great deal of time on the phone, emailing people and dealing with a long list of business managers and assistants to help run his affairs.

In addition to his role as a band member, he is actively involved in philanthropy and is currently partnering with the International Fund for Animal Welfare to raise awareness about the illegal ivory trade.

Slash the guitarist is well-known for his on-stage intensity and complex solos. Slash the manager strikes a different note.

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"I'm a laid-back boss," he told CNBC in an interview. "I'm a little bit neurotic about getting stuff done, but I'm also easy going as far as I don't yell at people. I don't crack the whip, so to speak."

Slash performs on May 7, 2015, in New York City.
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Slash performs on May 7, 2015, in New York City.

To Slash, "a good boss ... is somebody who can do anything he would ask somebody else to do and be able to do it well. If it means showing up to work at 5 in the morning and he's there at 4:45, all right."

As a member of Guns N' Roses, Slash endured his share of highly publicized band turmoil that defined the legendary band. Despite those challenges, he has managed to find success during and after his GNR days by applying several management principles straight from a corporate coaching class.

"Patience, perseverance ... for me integrity is a big part of it," Slash said. "Passion, and a little bit of talent doesn't hurt."