5 Must Have Leadership Skills

Self Awareness –  You need to know what you’re capable of and when you should be asking for help.


Relationship Building – Ultimately you can’t do very much on your own so you need to create relationships with people you dont know and you also need to make existing relationships as strong as possible.


That set of shared objectives that bond you in relationships.


Motivating Others – When you need to get groups of people aligned with your vision you have to appeal to their inner motivations.


Leading Change – In a startup things change constantly, what you did yesterday might not be good enough for today. People are inherently resistant to change so you need to know how to make people feel comfortable and to want to embrace change.


Enterprise Basics – Understanding how enterprise evolved and how different it is from when you are in a shared office, and it’s just 2 or 3 people to when you are dealing with customers, vendors and scaling up.


What the enterprise requires and what your team requires from you as a leader can change overnight.


Derek is the former CEO of International Rectifier and the founder of iSuppli, a leading market research firm, which he sold in 2010 for $100 million to global information leader IHS. He is the author of two books on entrepreneurship: Building on Bedrock: What Sam Walton, Walt Disney, and Other Great Self-Made Entrepreneurs Can Teach Us About Building Companies (January 2018) and Startup Leadership: How Savvy Entrepreneurs Turn Their Ideas Into Successful Enterprises (2014). He is currently a professor at Princeton University, where he teaches entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity.