Of all the pathways to growth, investing in our people is most important. The premise is simple — if our people grow, our company will grow. 3M's first chairman of the board, William L. McKnight, laid the groundwork for building future leaders at 3M. “As our business grows” he said in 1944, “it becomes increasingly necessary to delegate responsibility and encourage men and women to exercise their initiative." 3M believes that all employees are leaders. Leadership by employees is defined not only by business results, but by how those results are achieved. 3M encourages employees to follow these six Leadership Attributes in their daily work.