The Clorox Company's Benno Dorer, the most "beloved" CEO in the U.S., according to a recent Glassdoor survey, says the No. 1 piece of career advice he gives people is to "forge your own path."
Dorer, who received a 99 percent approval rating from employees surveyed for the job site's Employees' Choice Awards, says, "One thing that I tell people is that there's no blueprint. There is no one-size-fits-all."
"I always tell people to be courageous and to forge your own path, versus waiting for someone or the company to forge the path for you," says Dorer. "I think that is the single most important thing, not just in business but, frankly, in life."
Glassdoor's survey determined the most beloved CEOs across the country based on anonymous, voluntary feedback. Employees also completed a company review, which included questions about "their CEO's leadership, along with insight into their job, work environment and employer over the past year."
Dorer utilizes a leadership style focused on flexibility that likely helps him win favor from his employees. For example, he tells his workers that "it's not about working long hours," but rather, "it's being smart about your work day."
"What I care about is results, versus how many hours you put in," he says. "I think all of our employees take great ownership of the work and the results, but I don't care if you achieve those results working from home or working in the office or if you sent an email at 11 p.m. or 11 a.m. — that is up to you."
That sort of flexibility is likely valued highly by employees of The Clorox Company.
"What I care about is that we achieve the results, and that we do what we say we were going to do," he says, "but if that means people can leave the office earlier, all the better."