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7 Questions on Leadership with Fernando Mota

Name: Fernando Mota

Title: Programs Coordinator

Organisation: Association of Maluk Timor (AMT)

I have a bachelor degree in Education, mastering in English. 20+ Experience working in various international and national organizations in the area of program and people management, capacity building, health sector, monitoring and evaluation and finance management

Thank you to the 2,000 leaders who’ve generously done the 7 Questions on Leadership!

I hope Fernando's answers will encourage you in your leadership journey. Enjoy!


Jonno White

1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?

What the most challenging for me as a leader is not enough to use only one or two leadership style and we need to adapt it all based on what situation we face.

2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?

I do not use autocratic leadership style to have absolute control, authority and power over other. I am king of using diplomatic leadership style in which to communicate effectively, respect others and advancing my interest and values. I am also always combines emotional intelligence, cultural awareness, and strategic thinking in my leadership style.

3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?

have a to-do list, have a tidy workspace, have a schedule and stay with it, take breaks, reduce multitasking, identify distractions, automate my job where I can, tackle tasks in order of importance.

4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?

The need of awareness is important for you to know yourself and understanding the people you're leading, and having the ability to adjust your approach to all specific situations you're facing and making you able to apply the right amount of control and encouragement for each of those under your leadership or supervision.

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?

Eat That Frog! is all about overcoming procrastination and learning to manage your time. It's normal to feel drowned in work, but when you learn to “eat your frogs” – meaning do your most important tasks first – you'll work more efficiently and be happier too

6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?

Encourage productive meetings, learn from your mistakes, Be passionate, compliment and recognize team members, create a fun work environment, focus on change, promote diversity, help to develop future leaders.

7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?

A leaders should possess the necessary skills and knowledge to make informed decisions and solve problems effectively

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