Over these years, I’ve seen myself evolve from a silly little punk doing a side project to the Chairman position where I’m responsible for creating future leaders within Wingify.
Here's my advice on HOW TO BECOME A LEADER IN 10 HARD STEPS.
We all know what’s good for us: exercising regularly, eating healthy food, quitting smoking, and meditating. Yet, how many of us have the willpower to follow through?
To be a leader is to sacrifice today for tomorrow.
When we’re young in our careers, it’s natural to bond with peers of similar age. And just like college mass bunks, it’s easy to huddle up with work friends and get into a comfort zone.
To be a leader is to always set your standards to what people much better than yourself have
It’s a myth that people are promoted to leadership positions. Leaders don’t wait for titles. They simply start behaving like leaders wherever they are and then the organization simply recognizes them with a title.
Initiative involves risk but to lead is to take the risk of being wrong.
Different people have different definitions of ‘work’. For most people, ‘work’ is activities they need to perform in order to make a salary. For leaders, ‘work’ is more personal as they put their soul into their work.
In India, where our culture is easy going, the surest way to stand out and be noticed is to be disciplined.
For young folks, being disciplined is the #1 predictor of their success.
This is counter-intuitive but I’ve seen that leaders quickly become unpopular in their peer group because they’re just so much better at what they do.
A group of leaders is like a soccer club where they know that their lack of performance cannot be justified because some other (or even everyone else) on their team are not performing.
All great leaders are functional experts. You put them against a peer in the same function and they’ll know more both in depth and in breadth.
It’s easy for them to be good at what they do, but they want to become great at what they do.
Leaders are independent but not individualistic.
Indiv. people hit a ceiling in their career because as they grow, they find their job transform from doing great work by themselves to helping others do great work
The selfish path to greatness is to help others become great.
One of the hardest parts of becoming a leader is to learn how to be firm and direct, without being an asshole.
Neither of these is OK. What’s required is a fine balance where you’re direct but respectful.
What’s not OK is wanting to progress but not willing to sacrifice for that progress.
To get slim, you have to give up on ice cream. To have healthy lungs, you have to give up that puff. To progress, you have to give up on today’s comfort.
Are you ready for it?
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RT if you have friends or colleagues who aspire to be leaders and are willing to sacrifice for it.