Updated: Sep 9
Name: Vansh Gehlot
Title: Co-founder & CEO
Hi there! I'm a tech enthusiast with a decade of programming experience and a passion for making a real impact. I've created a robotic arm, the Mars Rover, and contributed my time to building non-profits and improving education in India. Recently, I've been working on MeTag, an exciting new project that has me more excited than ever before. With my experience in startups and computer science, I'm using cutting-edge web3 tech to create something truly special. Let's change the world together!
Thank you to the 2,000 leaders who’ve generously done the 7 Questions on Leadership!
I hope Vansh's answers will encourage you in your leadership journey. Enjoy!
1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?
The most challenging part of leadership for me has been learning how to delegate responsibilities and trust others to get things done. As an entrepreneur, I often want to do everything myself, but I've learned that building a great team is crucial.
2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?
I never set out to become a "leader" per se, but rather had a vision for products and platforms that could make a real difference. Through pursuing those goals and bringing others along on the journey, I've naturally stepped into leadership roles. My passion has always been my north star.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
No two days are ever the same! I try to balance focused strategic thinking and planning with being available to my team. Mornings are often dedicated to clearing my head with exercise or meditation before diving into the creative work. The afternoons are full of meetings and collaborating. I strive for a healthy work-life balance overall.
4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?
A key lesson I've learned is the importance of listening - really listening - to my team members. Their insights and feedback are invaluable. I've gotten better at creating an open culture where everyone feels heard.
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?
I vividly recall how inspired I was reading Steve Jobs' biography. His obsession with creating insanely great products that would change lives stuck with me. More than anything, the book reinforced my passion for making a dent in the universe.
6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?
Never lose your sense of curiosity. Always be learning - about your industry, about the world, and especially about yourself. Self-awareness is so important for effective leadership. Stay humble and hungry.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?
One of my proudest moments was when our team pulled multiple all-nighters to meet an important deadline. Seeing everyone fully invested in our shared mission, willing to go the extra mile, was incredibly meaningful. It's those defining moments that bond a team together.