Name: Mohamed Aasim
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Organisation: Protectol Health
COO at Protectol Health | 10+ Years in Diverse Industries: Entrepreneur, Tech & Pharma Industry Enthusiast | Exploring opportunities in Health & Safety | Committed to Continuous Learning and Growth
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I hope Aasim's answers will encourage you in your leadership journey. Enjoy!
1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?
As a leader, understanding the distinct viewpoints, passions, and sentiments of my team members has been fascinating yet intricate journey in my leadership role. People are complex, with diverse backgrounds and experiences that influence their behaviours and decisions. Striking the perfect harmony between providing guidance and fostering personal freedom poses an intriguing challenge. Adapting my leadership approach to accommodate each individual's unique requirements and inclinations is vital in cultivating a unified and thriving team atmosphere.
2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?
I embarked on my leadership journey from a young age, adorned with the innate ability to connect with my peers and understand their needs. In my case, since my school days, I was regularly chosen as a coordinator due to my ability to understand and empathize with others. These experiences honed my leadership skills. Over time, I continued to refine my abilities through active listening, problem-solving, and learning with my peers. Eventually, this journey led me to take on more significant leadership roles, both in school and beyond, where I could positively impact those around me.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
My typical workday starts at 6-7 AM, bustling with significant business rendezvous and strategic contemplations. The initial hours are dedicated to high-priority tasks. Afternoon to evening is for low-key work and internal meetings. Evenings are reserved for relaxation, renewing my networks or spending time with my mother. I adjust this routine while traveling to accommodate time zone differences. This refined regimen helps me harmonize important tasks with personal life and adapt to varying work demands.
4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?
A recent leadership lesson I've been reminded of is the significance of genuine appreciation. Instead of using people as tools, it's crucial to value their contributions and openly acknowledge their efforts. When leaders provide honest appreciation, it creates an environment where individuals feel respected and motivated to grow. Recognizing and supporting your team's work not only boosts morale but also nurtures a more productive and loyal workforce, ultimately leading to more successful and sustainable leadership.
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?
One book that profoundly impacted my leadership is "How to Win Friends and Influence People." This timeless classic by Dale Carnegie taught me the art of effective communication and building genuine relationships. It showed me the power of empathy, active listening, and understanding others' perspectives.
I vividly recall a situation where one team member was consistently underperforming. Instead of reprimanding them, I applied principles from the book, actively listened to their concerns, and offered constructive feedback privately. By doing so, I not only improved their performance but also strengthened our working relationship. This book fundamentally changed the way I interact and lead, making me a more influential and compassionate leader.
It reminds a leader the power of honest appreciation and negative effect being a critic.
6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?
Stay Hungry Stay foolish.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?
During my leadership journey, a truly memorable experience was taking our team from a scrappy squad of 5 to a dynamic family of 50 and counting. The path was a rollercoaster, filled with hurdles and late-night brainstorming sessions. We encountered resource shortages, but our determination never wavered. We learned to adapt, foster teamwork, and celebrate small victories. Together, we're still growing, proving that with resilience and a shared vision, we can conquer any challenge.