General Leadership
Notes on Leadership (A16Z / Ben Horowitz)
What makes people want to follow a leader? 3 key traits: 1. The ability to articulate the vision 2. The right kind of ambition 3. The ability to achieve the vision
How do you measure leadership (Y Combinator / Ali Rowghani)
Three foundational characteristics of great leaders: 1. Clarity of Thought and Communication They describe a vision of the future that people find compelling to work hard to achieve. Simplicity is vital. "A great example is the retail strategy that Amazon’s Jeff Bezos communicated to his team years ago. He based it on three simple but enduring customer preferences: lower prices, bigger selection, and faster delivery. To this day, anything Amazon employees do to lower prices, expand selection, and accelerate delivery creates value for the customer and advances the company’s strategy." "Great leaders spend hours preparing their internal communications. They don’t just wing it, no matter how naturally talented they are as communicators. As an example, Shopify CEO Tobi Lütke and his senior team spend hundreds of hours preparing for their annual employee Summit. As Tobi says, “We want to be a loosely coupled, highly aligned company. The Summit is the main enabler of this because it is a grand sync." 2. Judgment about People When looking to hire leaders, try to meet as many of the best people in the field as possible as a way to sharpen your recognition skills. Spend as much time as you can getting to know executives that you are considering hiring. 3. Personal Integrity and Commitment It all adds up to BUILDING TRUST.
Leadership that gets results (HBR / Daniel Goleman)
"Research has shown that the most successful leaders have strengths in the following emotional intelligence competencies: self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skill. There are six basic styles of leadership; each makes use of the key components of emotional intelligence in different combinations. The best leaders don’t know just one style of leadership—they’re skilled at several, and have the flexibility to switch between styles as the circumstances dictate."
A Leader’s Guide To Deciding: What, When, and How To Decide (Learning by Shipping)
How to be an effective executive (Delian)
Jack Welch's Lessons for Success (Fortune)
Lead, Follow or Get the Fuck Out of the Way (Both Sides of the Table)
Act Like the Leader You Want to Be (Richard Cox)
Authentic Leadership (Bill George)
Leaders Need High Emotional IQ to Succeed (Bill George)
Emotional Intelligence: How Good Leaders Become Great (Mitchel Adler)
Total Leadership: Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life (Stew Friedman)
The Four Behaviors Of Innovative Leaders (Hal Gregersen)
Innovative Leaders Make Innovative Companies (Hal Gregersen)
The Human Side of New Enterprise (Ray Stata)
Essential Skills for Effective Leadership (Ray Stata)
The rarest commodity is leadership without ego (Bob Davids)
No One Wants to Follow a Pessimist (Ben Carlson)

Leadership That Gets Results (HBR)

Manager Energy Drain (Lara Hogan)

How to Tell If You're a Great Manager (Tomasz Tunguz)

The magic of the personal check-in: red, yellow, green (Chad Dickerson)


Delegating work is very important for successful leaders. This is why you need to have the right people around you that you can trust on a heartbeat and delegate work to them. Ken Griffin (Founder & CEO, Citadel) [Link]

Initiative & Risk-taking

"You should not let people tell you how fast or how slow you should move in life. Because if you wait for people to tell you when it's your turn, you will never get it." Trevor Noah (Comedian) [Link]

"If you want to be great, you have to take risks. You have to do something that is not the well-worn path. You have to do something that could end in catastrophic failure..." and you might end up doing something that is a catastrophic disaster, but this is ultimately what high-achievers are willing to do. Angela Duckworth (Professor, Organisational Psychology) [Link]

Anxiety / Stress

How History’s Great Leaders Managed Anxiety (HBR)