How great lead­ers gain im­por­tant lessons

Fast Company - - Lesson in optimism -

Be for­giv­ing

“In my first job, I showed up to a meet­ing 30 min­utes late. My boss said, ‘I know you’ll never sleep through a meet­ing again.’ The most empowering thing a leader can do is ac­knowl­edge a mis­take and move ahead.” Eric Ki­nari­wala Founder and CEO, Cap­sule

Don’t be a per­fec­tion­ist

“[Dur­ing the wild­fires in Cal­i­for­nia, when we lost our home,] my hus­band was in charge of co­or­di­nat­ing ev­ery­thing. He taught me that we can’t think about be­ing per­fect, we just have to keep mov­ing for­ward. The idea of im­per­fect progress saved peo­ple’s lives. It’s a good les­son for en­trepreneurs.” El­iz­a­beth Gore En­tre­pre­neur-in-res­i­dence, Dell Tech­nolo­gies

Take baby steps

“Lead­ing bike tours af­ter col­lege taught me the im­por­tance of chunk­ing a long trip into seg­ments that feel achiev­able.” David Rose VP of vi­sion tech­nol­ogy, Warby Parker

Say it straight

“Some­one quoted a Princess Bride line to me re­cently: ‘You keep us­ing that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.’ The tech world is loaded with buzz­words. We need to clar­ify our lan­guage and say what we in­tend.” Dou­glas Pow­ell Distin­guished de­signer, IBM

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