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Be yourself. Humans are very good at detecting authenticity. More importantly, every individual is unique.
Leaders share 3 attributes
- Great leaders think and communicate clearly. You have to be able to paint a clear and compelling picture of the future. Your processes have to scale as the business scales.Clarity of thought and language. Be concise. Simple Great communication needs to be simple. If you want to communicate simply it takes time to prepare. Clear concise communication makes things better. Work on communicating clearly. Clarity of thought precedes clarity of language. Free up time to jot down thoughts and say how do I express these in clear language. Practice in front of a smaller audience, get feedback.
- Good judgement about people. You will have to promote. Who you bestow power and authority to is important. In the end they become extensions of you. It can look bad on you if you recruit the wrong people. How? Try to meet many people. Talk to them about their jobs and backgrounds. How did you get here? How do you lead people? Hone your instincts. Make sure you view the hiring process as something you can learn from. Be self reflective about who you are hiring in your organization.
- Personal integrity and commitment. Avoid behavior that diminishes trust. Favoritism, inappropriate language, making it your life's work. Ask yourself if all of your private communication was seen by everyone would you be embarrassed by it.
On the topic of speaking
Success Determinants are determined by 3 things
- written communication
- quality of your ideas
Quality of communication = (K,P,T)
- How much knowledge you have
- How much you practice
- How much talent you have
Cycle around things: Tell them and tell them again. Say it 3 x. This is called Cycle.
Build a fence around your idea so that it can be distinguished from someone else’s idea - tell them how it’s different
Verbal punctuation. We start with this, will talk about 3 ideas. Makes ideas crisp and concise.
This my outline:
The first thing that we’ll talk about is how to start
Then we’ll deal with these 4 samples
And among these 4 samples I talk about the first idea, second idea, third idea...
Great leaders. Trust is the success metric for leadership. The job of every leader is to build trust. Be right about the empirical questions in your business. We should build this, we should target this customer. The science of trust. Second aspect of building trust. Empathy and good judgement, having good timing when to confront issues. Not being selfish.
Optimize for trust as leaders. View every challenge as an opportunity to increase the trust people have in you as a leader. Always choose the path that will invoke more trust in you as a leader.
Sleep 8-9 hours.
You can take melatonin .3 is enough
Eat nutritious food
Leadership 5 Stages
Impulsive mind - children
Imperial mind - most children, focused on their own goals, transactional. Unable to see the other side or other view. Incredibly selfish. Relationships with others are so they can get something done. People can’t cooperate with you over the long term.
Socialized mind - Most adults. Able to see the other side. But a little too much. Care about what other people are thinking about them all of the time. Hard to have a truly independent view at this phase. They are driven by what other people think
Always gut checking themselves about what other people think.
Unable to have their own framework about how to live life. Social narrative. They will think I’ll look stupid becomes the internal experience (I’m a moron). Hard to have an independent view. People are driven by what other people think.
Self Authoring. Not driven by social affirmation. Has a consistent, independent frame of mind, Knows what their values and morals are. Takes responsibility for their own inner states and emotions. Leadership failure: Good for early stage startups, bad for scale. Hard to learn from people.
Last and highest phase
Self Transforming mind. Very few adults. No longer held prisoner by their own identity. Not tied to particular identities or roles.
Genuinely willing to learn from others. Will to learn from others
Thinks in systems (this is happening because the incentives are set up that way.)
Can hold multiple thoughts and ideologies at once
Best suited for managing a strong executive team or a product at scale. Curious and interested in other people.
A great leader has the ability to see the gifts in others and put them to use for greater good.