Posted on December 1, 2018 at 20:50
TL;DR: Humility. This book started talking about humility, and expressed that theme throughout the whole book - for the most part. I remember when applying for the Knight-Hennessy fellowship that one of the criterion they were looking for was humility, but it was beside ambition and independence. I never really understood how ambition could be a trait beside humility but after reading this book, I started to grasp what Hennessy conveys on how to be a leader.
Servant leadership is key.
The success of an endeavor you are leading depends on the entire team.
The most important instances when you need to practice humility are when you [are] wrong.
Be sure to put your feet in the right place. Then stand firm
– Abe Lincoln
If you overextend yourself, the constant mental multitasking will diminish your capacity to engage in the long-term thinking required by your institution.
Three part filter:
Still hesitant? Think if you want to do this in the future:
if want_to_explore: return time.now() + (60 * 60 * 24 * 30) # Maybe in a month? else: return False
Its comforting I guess to know that KH admissions look at the applicant holistically and not just academically - at least that’s what Hennessy says and if he’s authentic then I can take his word for it.
When a spark of empathy inspires you to action…ask yourself, does this warrant a personal or an institutional response?
When empathy contravenes fairness, it creates problems
changes people as a result of their interaction with each other, the kind that … arises when one sees the world anew through someone elses eyes.
Courage compels a leader to take the right action.
Effective modern leadership is driven by the ability to manage and grow an organization in an environment of continuous change.
Your team members are your equals and in terms of contribution, some will be you superiors.
I guess I felt this one from time to time but didn’t know how to handle it.
# What sort of discussions are allowed in a team? try: team_debate() except PersonalCriticismException, AngerException: print('You must cultivate a work environment that encourages thoughtful debate!')
Innovation presents great opportunities for smart entrepreneurs not the other way around.
The real power of academic symbiosis lies at this interface between ides and implementation.
Hey, thats what I’m trying to do and what I wrote my essay on! Even Hennessy agrees that bridging the academia/industry gap is difficult.
Embracing innovation means accepting and recovering from failure.
This one hits me right in the feels. At least you know that not all leaders are masters of all.
Once you accept a leadership position, likely you will no longer have the time to master any particular field of knowledge.
If you really want to inspire a team to action, best to engage them with a story.
The early years of your career should be devoted to doing the best job you can in your chosen profession.
Fine, I’ll finish this post and I’ll get back to talking to robots…
To do the greatest good, you need to regularly ask yourself: How can I use my time and my position most effectively.