I had a wonderful conversation about my book with Janaki, my fellow Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Engineering Guindy, and fellow alumna from Carnegie Mellon Univerity. Please give a listen.
Janaki had many thoughtful questions for me, centered mainly around one of the leadership attributes: optimism.
- Do you see an evolution of the Beatles’ perspectives from their early career in Hamburg to later when they returned to the UK to finally when they ended breaking up?
- Experiences (lived experiences) seem to make better leaders – how do youngsters who do not have these lived experiences – how should they think about leadership?
- How did you pick these attributes of leadership?
- How did you pick these songs? – some famous songs (e.g., Hard Day’s Night, Yellow submarine) are not on the list.
- How do you differentiate Skills from attributes?
- Talk about a personal example illustrating the ABCDE tool.
- In Andrea’s example, how does she know what her strengths are? How does one discover who one is? What are some simple markers a new manager/leader can use?
- Did you consider the song “Here comes the Sun?” – it is a song that is all about optimism, with the rising sun being a metaphor that something good and new is going to happen.
- In the description of an exemplary leader, serving the supporters’ needs and having a purpose is undoubtedly wonderful. But where does having a legitimate purpose/soul come in?
- How does an optimist know when to quit?
The audience also had several excellent questions.