Leadership starts in “complaining and dissatisfaction”

16 May

Today’s advice comes from Mark Pincus, CEO of Zynga

“There is so much ambition and hard work in the world, but there is so little leadership. Not many people really want to be leaders, because it is scary, it’s risky. … It means getting outside your job, raising your hand and saying, ‘Hey, I think we are going in the wrong direction.’ “

Pincus says that leadership starts in “complaining and dissatisfaction” about what is wrong, but a real leader takes it a step further and fixes it.

“First, it’s important to know what your goal is, because if you don’t know what your goal is, you will definitely never achieve it. If you don’t have a clear goal, you will probably make so many compromises in your career or whatever it is you’re doing that you will wake up one day and forget why you chose to do what you are doing.”

Having a firm idea about the right direction and what you want to do is important for any leader and entrepreneur, Pincus says.

“It’s a lot like dating. It took me a long time to learn that it is about reducing bad leads. By being really upfront about who you are and what you want and where you are going, you stop wasting time.”

via his interview with John Swartz of USA Today


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