Golden State boss Guber: Leaders should know 'magic'

TJ Billones, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 20 2018 05:14 PM | Updated as of Mar 20 2018 11:01 PM

Golden State Warriors team manager and Mandalay Entertainment CEO Peter Guber speaks at the ANC Leadership Forum in Manila on March 20, 2018. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - NBA star Kevin Durant shocked basketball fans when he moved to the Golden State Warriors two years ago, but behind the scenes, team co-owner Peter Guber was working his "magic."

Guber said he told Warriors general manager Bob Myers that Durant would be "making a difference" with the team. At that time in 2016, the Warriors had just relinquished the championship to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

With Durant on board, the Warriors regained the NBA championship the following year.

Magic in leadership stands for motivating one's audience through goals, interactivity and content, said Guber, who is also CEO of Mandalay Entertainment.

In sports and in films, Guber said leaders should connect with their audiences emotionally to address their needs.

"Human beings crave connectivity. How do you create that kind of interactivity? Make them engage in the process," Guber told the ANC Leadership Forum in Manila.

"Authenticity is powerful. What you have to really do is to focus on the emotional transportation. You want to leave them with an experience," he said.

Guber is the third speaker in the ANC Leadership Forum series, after Virgin Group chairman and founder Richard Branson in 2016 and former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in 2017.

Here are some of the highlights of Guber's forum:

Golden State Warriors co-owner Peter Guber engages the crowd as he shares his insights on being an effective leader. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

ABS-CBN President and CEO Carlo Katigbak and SVP for News and Current Affairs Ging Reyes speak with US Ambassador Sung Kim at the sidelines of the event. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

ANC anchor TJ Manotoc smiles for the camera while he moderates the leadership forum with Guber. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

ABS-CBN President and CEO Carlo Katigbak and SVP for News and Current Affairs Ging Reyes speak with Guber after the forum. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

ABS-CBN executives pose for photos with Guber. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News