Elon Musk By: Dia’Vonte Brown, Allison Burbage , Emily Miller , Erin Page, James Sauerwein , Ryan Via , Zach Williams


  • Fortune Magazine’s Businessperson of the Year in 2013.
  • Founder of Spacex, SolarCity, and Tesla.
  • One of the most influential voices in science today.
  • Eccentric and exciting leader, who is genuinely interesting to follow.


  • At 45 years old, Elon Musk has accomplished more than most people will in their entire lives.
  • Possesses strong values that allow him to be a transformational leader and to inspire others to make a difference.
  • He frequently works 100 hours or more in a week.
  • Elon Musk’s values and drive are carried over into the way he leads.
  • He is a good steward of the environment.

Biographic Discussion

  • Born on June 28, 1971 in Pretoria, South Africa.
  • Developed an interest in computers at age 10 and learned to program.
  • Made first software sale at age 12 for a game he created.
  • Moved to Canada at age 17 to attend Queen’s University.
  • Graduated with undergraduate degrees in economics and physics.

Biographic Discussion (Cont.)

  • Fortunes Magazine’s businessperson of the year in 2013
  • Founded online financial service, X.com, now Paypal.
  • SpaceX became first private space travel company.
  • Became one of the first funders of Tesla Motors in 2004.
  • In 2013, Musk began working on Hyperloop.
  • Tesla aquired SolarCity, a sustainable energy company.

Team Application

  • Displays characteristics of a Transformational Leader.
  • Follows Bennis and Nannus' four strategies.
  • Became an entrepreneur to radically change the world for the better.
  • Environmentally conscious.
  • Utilitarian.

Biblical Integration

"For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.” Mark 7:21-23
  • By the worlds standards he is an ethical person.
  • Has been successful with his ethical views.
  • A person cannot be truly ethical without Christ.
  • We can still learn and be inspired by Musk.


  1. Would you consider Elon Musk to be “the next Steve Jobs” or has he already surpassed that status? Or is he in his own category?
  2. Does being environmentally conscious qualify someone as being “ethical?”


  • Elon Musk is an innovative transformational leader in technology.
  • He is praised for his environmentally conscious creations in technology and pushing his employees to work hard and produce their best work.
  • His passion, innovation, and work ethic are all ways we can be inspired by Musk.


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