Unforgettable Lessons on leadership I have learned today | #DailyBlink67

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  1. Leading a team onto the battlefield of business — or quite literally a battlefield — isn’t for the faint of heart.
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2. The leader is the counselor, the coach, and the compass. When adversity hits, the leader is the first person a team goes to for guidance. And when battles are won, they are who lead the celebration.

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3. To be a great leader you must be a chameleon, able to become the person that your team needs in any situation. And a lot of times, that means making the hard — maybe even unpopular — decisions.

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4. The list of reasons a start-up can fail is endless, but leadership is at the heart of many of the issues young businesses face. And no matter how brilliant your product or business is, with poor leadership, success will be hard to come by, and even more difficult to hold on to.

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5. Your job is not to know everything about everyone else’s job. Your job is to see the big picture that they can’t see. By humbling yourself and trusting each person to own their job and meet their obligations, you create a culture of trust that works its way back around to you.

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6. When you are just starting out, recruiting people for your team isn’t about flashy benefits or promises of fame. It’s about providing them with a mission that they can derive their own sense of purpose from. They have to believe in you and the business mission so much so that they are willing to bet their career and livelihoods on it.

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7. Don’t try to rope people in with false promises. Instead, focus on being genuine and moving over to give them their very own spot inside the vision.

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8. Your job as a business leader, CEO, or founder is to create an institution that lasts — one that can survive after you leave. This means putting a culture, a mission, and systems in place that are bigger than you. This also means humbling yourself (again) to the fact that even if you started something, the end product isn’t about you.

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One last for today,

“The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.”

— John Maxwell

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Riten Debnath

Riten Debnath

Tech • Design • Stories | Building FuelerHQ. Writing drafts on everyday learnings from building a startup in India.