Name: Author Sherry
Title: International Public Speaking Coach
Organisation: Institute of professional speaking
Recognised by the Prime Minister of India,International Public Speaking Coach, Mentor,Global Professional Speaker, 1000+talks,18+countries,11xTEDx Speaker & 4x Josh Talks Speaker,CEO - MS Talks
Thank you to the 2,000 leaders who’ve generously done the 7 Questions on Leadership!
I hope Author's answers will encourage you in your leadership journey. Enjoy!
1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?
I think it is the idea you conceive and believe and once it starts giving you the hint of working in a big way,it is the scalability which is challenging at many stages. Scalability comes with step by step journey of your vision and broader mission you serve to the market through your business ecosystem.
2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?
It started with my job and as I progressed into a leadership role into my jobs,I empathised with my team,used to go out with them on lunch,play sports on the weekend and these sorts of activities brought me close understanding of human behaviour,team management skills and leadership qualities. There is so much to learn in this space.
We also used to give chance to team members to speak their heart..like a toast. And it just opens up the gateway of feelings, connections and broader goals.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
The biggest challenge as you move up on life is setting a time for going to sleep and leaving the bed. If this is settled,then almost everything takes care of itself.
My days usually starts 6am in the morning with a walk or sometime in the gym occasionally and then a good breakfast and office schedule. I love to enjoy my space in between work hours too like going for a walk,having a scoop of ice-cream,walk and talk with my friends. It's fun and feels good.
4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?
Don't let someone else's opinion become your reality. Go out and work hard not to prove anyone but to be aligned with what you believe in. It is always achievable. Believe in you.
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?
All John Maxwell books are my favourite. I learn much. To name one can be Verbal Judo and I learnt the art of verbal judo.
6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?
Connect to your passion,things you repeatedly do and that don't let you feel tired. Go and make that work big.
Beleive in universe,beleive in your nation.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?
Once I was sitting with a leader and I got to know he wa handling over 4-5 divisons of the training ,HR,Call quality and customer service of the educational business. I asked him politely,you get paid for only one division and you have overburdened yourself with a lot of work. He said in order to achieve the rank of a CEO,I got to learn how other divisions work.
When I will be a CEO,no one call fool me because I already know what they do.
I realised that sometimes we underestimate what people are upto. What a big learning it was for me.