Name: King David
Oranisation: SPC UNIVERSE
King David is one of Africa's most influential ecosystem builders leading and he is on a mission to build Africa's largest and most collaborative ecosystem for digital innovators through his company: SPC UNIVERSE
Thank you to the 2,000 leaders who’ve generously done the 7 Questions on Leadership!
I hope David's answers will encourage you in your leadership journey. Enjoy!
1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?
Finding the right people who can grow with your vision and transferring the growth process to them such that they can run with the vision as theirs.
2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?
It all started from University days, I was the youngest in my class and led over 200 students as their class rep. It was clear, leadership was part of my innate ability as from that moment, I always found myself leading systems, people, teams which also came alongside my entrepreneurial drive
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
Basically, I wake up and do my morning rituals, pray, affirm, do some study. After this, I begin speaking with our various leadership teams to make sure all is in place and I believe in using your morning and early afternoon to get major work done then using the remaining part to consolidate and supervise progress
4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?
You cant grow bigger than the team you are working with, if you have to grow bigger as a leader, then you have to find a way to make the team grow bigger in their mindset and ability to execute or find a way to bring a team ready to do bigger things.
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?
No book precisely. My leadership inspiration came more from watching Entrepreneurs lead their businesses and also from direct mentorship. I believe the best way to understand leadership is through mentorship or direct practice as opposed to just reading books
6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?
Focus on people first. I know you want to make money and money is needed as a Leader, but if you focus on people and relationships in your leadership journey, money will follow you overtime.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?
The journey of those who have followed me overtime. For me the most exciting part of being a leader is seeing the growth of those who have committed to the vision and how their commitment has given them a more purposeful life. Celebrating those success stories in our organization is the most impactful part of being a leader in my own view.