When you're the CEO of the world's most valuable - and probably most turbulent - private company, something great or downright terrible could happen at any moment.

For example, when the news of Uber's attempt to cover up a data breach of 57 million user accounts in 2016 came out, new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi found himself once again repeating the phrase that seems to be developing into a bit of a mantra: "We will learn from our mistakes."

What Khosrowshahi does have going for him is the fact that he and former CEO Travis Kalanick are strident opposites. The latter founded the company and rode it like a bull for seven years, the former is in his fourth month in office and hopes to repave the broken road ahead.

Below is an analysis of exactly how opposite the Uber leaders are--which is something the global ride-hailing giant is betting on to get it out of the media cage it's gotten itself into.

Kalanick breaks rules, Khosrowshahi makes rules.
Kalanick says, "look", Khosrowshahi says "listen".
Kalanick has a proclivity for public hubris, Khosrowshahi tends toward humor.
Kalanick is a salesman, Khosrowshahi is a manager.
Kalanick is rough around the edges, Khosrowshahi is as straight-edge as it gets.
Kalanick is an innovator, Khosrowshahi a sculptor.
Kalanick apologizes for what he's done, Khosrowshahi apologizes for what he's not done.
Kalanick is a disruptor, Khosrowshahi is a stabilizer.
Kalanick is self-reliant, Khosrowshahi is self-aware.
Finally, Kalanick has a startup background, Khosrowshahi has an executive background.

Uber is no longer a tech startup. It's a global corporation. Managing a global corporation takes a different set of leadership skills than growing a tech startup. Kalanick's "Ready, fire, aim" is out and Khosrowshahi's polished poise and professional repertoire are in. And while it's still too early to tell if Khosrowshahi has what it takes, it seems he might be the type of chief Uber so desperately needs as it heads towards IPO in 2019.