You are going to be so happy that you listened in today. All leadership can be challenging; however, I also believe there is an art to female leadership. Today is part one of an important two-part interview. I’m joined on this 100th episode by a stellar leader. Her name is Manu Sood. She is an accomplished people and technology leader with almost 20 years of demonstrated success in developing and executing strategic roadmaps in the fast-paced corporate work environment.
I have known Manu for more than 10 years and have seen her collaboration skills in action across the organization. She has loads of expertise in application development, software platforms, APIs and system architecture. Her depth of experience in team leadership, hiring and retaining top talent is a result of working with these technical teams.
She’s a sparky (an electrical engineer) with a great personality.
In her own words, she says “I like putting order to chaos.” She’s here today to talk with us about the art of female leadership. But trust me, this isn’t a podcast just for women. Her leadership tips will ring true for male and female leaders alike.
Here are some key leadership pointers that Manu gives us which you will want to take away from this episode:
- Do not allow a fear of failure to make you risk-averse
- Pay people according to their contribution and performance level
- There is no failure that you can’t recover from, so take a chance
- Never stop learning because it leads to advancement
- Teach everything we know to anyone who wants to learn
- Success begets success so pay it forward
- Don’t be blindsided by your limitations and ask for help when needed
- Let people put a voice their problems before you propose your solutions
- Define what you want to be known for and be deliberate in deciding your legacy
- Remember, legacy comes from actions, not words
- Intentionally network across geographies and disciplines, not just for contacts, but for knowledge
- A mentor is invaluable for career progression
Manu’s Pillars of Strength:
- People are the strength of the team, so treat them with respect
- Have a clear inventory of your strengths
- Be credible
Make sure to tune in next week for Part Two of this interview with Manu. There will be more great pointers and key recommendations that will improve your leadership skills.
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