What Matters Most
I think a lot about leadership and how to motivate people, and I have also often experimented with different approaches. It seems to me that the most important leadership skill, by far, is the ability to motivate and inspire others. As a leader, you’re just one person. One person, on their own, can’t get very much done. It takes a team of people to achieve anything at scale.
The great leaders build and motivate their teams to do great things. Increasingly, they are able to leave an organization and their team will continue to effectively, efficiently, and sustainably produce value. This is the closest we can get to leaving a legacy, to leave the imprints of leadership in others.