Chat 14 of #100leadershipchats was with a person with decades of leading companies and start-ups, who is also, I found out, a Zen Buddhist of forty years.
He saw great leadership as having to do with:
- always being on the side of your team
- rather than blame, always being curious as to causes
- delegating enough for people to have autonomy.
We talked about the importance of getting the right people, and that you shouldn't hire for culture fit but CULTURE ADD. (Loved that.)
In the end, he said, you have to decide if you want the life of a leader as that can take you away from the work you love...
Fascinating to talk to someone who's had YEARS of hands-on experience.