Get ready for a tremendous group of speakers during spring quarter's DFJ Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Seminar. The lineup includes startup founders, industry heavyweights, and more. See the entire DFJ ETL lineup.
Skills for Entrepreneurial Leaders
Being an effective leader is no easy task, so working to enhance leadership skills is an activity worth your time and attention. Here are three videos examining some of the soft skills that set successful leaders apart from the pack.
Entrepreneur Sukhinder Singh Cassidy argues the judgment to know at what level to examine your business at any given moment is a vital leadership quality. Using a short anecdote from her time at Google, Singh Cassidy explains successful founders and executives must understand the tactical drivers of a business to effectively manage from the top of an organization.
"You must decide how you receive advice," says Mårten Mickos, CEO of Eucalyptus Systems. Mickos believes this simple, but important, concept is critical for young entrepreneurs who will be bombarded by input and challenges from all sides. Using a story from his experience at MySQL AB, Mickos illuminates the need to re-evaluate your position based on new information and adversities.
"Leaders who are vulnerable are far more trusted by their employees," says Ori Brafman, bestselling author of Click: The Magic of Instant Connections. Brafman explains that vulnerability, while often seen as a weakness in business, is a valuable skill that can play a critical role in binding deep, immediate relationships in the workplace. To illustrate this point, Brafman shares the unique story of a hostage negotiator's willingness to reveal vulnerability to help form an intense, but unlikely, relationship.