Name: Anisha Rodrigues
I'm a Pharmacist by profession. I'm also the Co-founder of Inspiring Eye a YouTube channel created to empower and impact the youth in a meaningful manner by interviewing people across different career fields and asking them their success stories. I'm currently a part of Lead Like a Girl Fellowship and have been awarded full scholarship too. I center my beliefs around allopathic as well as ayurvedic system as well while giving lots of importance to yoga, sustainable living and renewable energy.
Thank you to the 2,000 leaders who’ve generously done the 7 Questions on Leadership!
I hope Anisha's answers will encourage you in your leadership journey. Enjoy!
1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?
The ability to keep it all together and take it to the very end.
2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?
I can surely tell you that I didn't become one in a day's time. It took a lot of effort to come out from my comfort zone and start taking initiative to do the smallest of the tasks. Even if it would be the simplest of the tasks, I would make sure I'd do it. I wasn't a confident speaker but I used to force myself to participate in public speaking competitions and do things that scare me. Thankfully enough, when I started on this journey I was in primary school and I became my confident self in High school. I would sometimes feel very nervous but it would just get better each time. I would be scared to face the crowd and then stare at the wall and eventually I started making eye contact with them. This just goes on to say that becoming a leader isn't the journey of few days or months but rather a constant learning of every day situations.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
I usually have my calendar and all the activities planned out. I follow a blocking system and that works the best for me.
4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?
That it's never too late to give yourself a break or credit for the things you do and deserve.
5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?
It made me realise that no matter what the journey that life takes you is truly a wonderful one and if you dare to believe then anything is possible for you.
6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?
Always chase your dreams no matter how far you are from it.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?
The story of the wolves.