A good leader

I am not saying that I am a good leader. I just read an article about what a good leader should be. And, I have my own perception and definition. My kind of a good leader is perfectly described in Simon Sinek’s book – Leaders Eat Last.

You have to protect, nurture, and sacrifice for your team the same way you care for your children. Leadership is a lonely place. You cannot claim for credit, but you have to take all the blames. I have practiced this mentality for many years but I am still not 100%.

Most importantly, I believe that a good leader must provide at least a guidance to a solution. You don’t have (not possible anyway) to have all the answers. BUT, you must invest your time to do enough research to understand what is going on. When there is a problem and you have no clue about a solution, you have to spend time to learn about the problem. In my opinion, at the bare minimum, a good leader must be able to describe or explain a problem better than anyone else. You don’t have to come up with solutions all the time. Your team can help. But, you have to ensure that everyone understands the problem, and is on the same page.

It’s a lonely place to be a good leader. And, it’s not for everyone.


Intensity vs Consistency

Which one do you think is more important between intensity and consistency? You might answer it depends on context. You are right. But, what if the context is about leadership, branding, and marketing? Which one is more important?

It’s not new but after listening to Simon Sinek’s videos, he made me think about them very seriously. In leadership, intensity looks like this – many companies think having a leadership workshop once a year would be sufficient to generate good leaders or changing culture. I attended those workshops in the past 10 years and haven’t seen much difference. Consistency is the opposite. You nurture your team about how to be a good leader every day, even a few minutes a day.

It’s like going to a gym. You cannot go to the gym twice a year and spend 10 hours each time then expect something to change. It doesn’t work like that. You have to go the the gym consistently, at least 3-4 times/week for 20-30 minutes at each time.

Being consistent is far more important than being intense, at least in the leadership, marketing, and branding areas. You have to be consistent in your messages, your designs, and your tones so customers can recognise your pieces.


The Infinite Game

I am preparing myself for the end of the year break. I normally spend 2 weeks back home in Thailand with my family. It’s a nice way to reward myself. Part of my break is about finishing a few books. So, I have bought 3 books and hopefully I can finish them all before the year end. One of them is The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek. A disclaimer, I haven’t read his book yet, but I am a big fan of Simon.

I have watched his Youtube videos about the infinite game concept in the past few weeks. From what I gather (without reading the book yet) is that there are 2 types of game players – the finite and the infinite game players. And, the differences are:

  • The finite players play to win.
  • The infinite players play to keep playing. Their mindset is to beat their yesterday’s self.

It’s a very intriguing concept. I like to think that I have the infinite mindset. I will tell you more once I finish his book.


What is your ‘just cause’?

I am thinking about this very idea of why I go to work everyday. Why do we do what we do as a company? We are a holiday club company. In a blunt, dry way, we are selling a holiday membership that have a life of forever. It’s getting harder and harder to justify why people would be interested in this product. What is our selling point? Why would people care about our product?

In the past many years, we tell ourselves that we don’t sell a holiday membership. We help people to holiday. But, there are a zillion companies out there doing exact same thing with less commitment. Maybe this is not our “why’, not our ‘just cause ‘ of why we do what we do.

We need to take a step further by asking ourselves, why do people holiday? The answers varies. But again, we don’t have to be everything to everyone. We can pick only one answer and be good at it. And, my pick is – our “just cause (why we do what we do)” is we bring family together. We come to work everyday to help family members being together. Holidays, apartments, hotels, are just a facilitator that allows us to do that.

What is your just cause?