Ten Commandments of Leadership

Unbounded Positivity — As leaders every action we take has to be one that is based on unbounded positivity. Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier to galvanize the organization. Remain calm and be kind.

  1. Authenticity — Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it. Let people see the real you, be flexible and open to perspectives and vulnerable to your teams to see the real YOU. This is the essence of leadership.

  2. Integrity — This one need no explanation. It is the cornerstone upon which all our other values stand.

  3. Transparency — As leaders we have to great “simplifiers”. The key to being a “simplifier” is to have the ability to galvanize the teams to collaborate, a sense of shared vision and transparent in all our communications. A leader should be ruthless in breaking down silos and ensure there is transparent and seamless communication across the organization.

  4. Respect — The day your team stops brining you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you don’t care. Either case is a failure of leadership. Every interaction and at all levels should be conducted with respect.

  5. Passion, Hunger, Drive (PHD) — Having a passion, purpose and the drive towards a long-term perspective helps us create value in everything we do.

  6. Be Interesting (renaissance) — As a leader we must strive to understand multiple disciplines, perspectives and make harmonize them. We should be at east with combining poetry and processors.

  7. Culture — As a leader you set the culture for the business and the right culture is a valuable and hard-to-replicate source of advantage.

  8. Believe in yourself — Back yourself, even when your ideas and beliefs are controversial or counter-intuitive. The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do!

  9. Work for a higher cause — Strive to live out a life that makes a difference in this world; give back more than what you’ve taken from society.

** These principles have been inspired by from the leadership styles of Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Colin Powell.

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