Living in NYC and constantly interacting with entrepreneurs, VCs, and thought leaders has provided me with the opportunity to witness great leadership through executive decisions, intelligent conversations, out-of-the-box thinking, and unparalleled vision, amongst other things.
The practical education I’m getting from working alongside an entrepreneur can only be learned by getting your hands dirty, diving into new projects, owning them, and getting shit done.
To me, leadership is demonstrated by doing ordinary tasks extraordinarily well to achieve a greater impact.
That is what Robert Mulhall did.
Robert was a chartered accountant at PriceWaterhouse Coopers (PWC). Following his passion to make a positive impact in the world, he switched careers to social enterprise in overseas development to address issues such as poverty, disease, inequality, war, and abuse.
We were lucky to have Robert at Enstitute last week.
1. the ethos of service,
2. an awareness of need, and
3. an intent of being ‘good for all’, rather than a subset of the population.
In caring for the needs of all, transformational leaders seek cooperation to go out and make a positive difference in the world by overcoming adversity and adapting to change.
Robert outlined three types of energies used to harness various situations depending on what is needed.
Sloth energy – slow and heavy (used for sleeping, relaxing, etc.)
Tiger energy – uplifting and motivational (used for playing sports, etc.)
Swan energy – calm and focused (used for brainstorming and a particularly frustrating group task of lowering a plastic rod to the ground with 11 people only using our fingers – it’s more difficult than it sounds!)
By recognizing the type of energy needed for a task, you are able to complete it more efficiently and with greater clarity. Spend your time wisely in the new year!