Leadership at Startups

Be yourself, be authentic. It is hard to copy someone else and be a great leader.

All great leaders do three things exceptionally well:

  1. Think and communicate clearly
  2. Show great judgement about people. Develop intuition about people
  3. Have exceptional personal integrity and commitment

Take time every day or every other day to think. An hour of thinking immensely helps.

Trust is a leader’s most important success metric. In a 360 degrees sense. In all that you do, optimize for trust.

Buffet’s life lessons:

  1. Love the work that you do
  2. Stop your ‘thumb-sucking’ – It’s stalling, procrastinating and avoiding something that may have been your best bet to begin with to reach your goals. 
  3. Don’t judge yourself by other people’s standards – follow your “Inner Scorecard”, which defines your own standards and not what the world imposes on you.

3 things to do to keep your startup going:

  1. Do it right the first-time – don’t necessarily need to be perfect, but do it right way
  2. Do it fast
  3. Have fun