When it comes to learning your business, it starts with you. In a session at last month’s leadership summit in Miami, FL, John Caplan, CEO of OpenSky, discussed how knowing what makes you tick can translate into leadership success. His approach can be simply summarized:
• Figure out what you enjoy
: For John, it’s the climb or, “the hustle up the mountain” and the relationships you build during that journey. Treating your peers as partners empowers them to help you build value.
• Leadership is different than entrepreneurship
: John describes entrepreneurship as a reflection of passion, vigor, hope and desire. Leadership, as he describes it, is about empowering others to unlock their potential. Think about the conductor of an orchestra, his back is to the audience as he leads and directs the musicians to create a work of art for the audience.
• John’s Secret to Success
: Refuse to fail, learn to listen to other people, and understand that the best way to build great companies is by inspiring other people to help you do it.