The most satisfying thing about holding a leadership position is that every day you have a chance to inspire and develop people. For me, if by the end of each day I’ve done something significant to inspire and develop just one of the thousands of people I’m fortunate to lead at SAP, I’ve succeeded.
Still, the more I learn about what it takes to be an extraordinary leader in the 21st century — a magic mix of intellect, EQ, passion, and wisdom — the more I realize that the journey along the path to great leadership is one that never really ends.
Which leads to this podcast, A Call to Lead, and my brilliant and inspiring guest, Simon Sinek. I’m giving a special shout-out about this episode of A Call to Lead because Simon’s insights about leadership in a fast-changing world has been helpful to me, and I think could benefit anyone working to be a better leader.
You may know Simon from his TED Talks, which are viral phenoms, or his best-selling books. Start With Why, his first book, is a guide to discovering and honing purpose to help build extraordinary teams. In his upcoming fifth book, The Infinite Game, Simon explains how to lead in a world where the competition comes and goes, where rules are changeable, and where there is neither a finish line nor definite winners. Simon spoke about playing “the infinite game” as part of a keynote I gave kicking off the year for SAP last month, and in this podcast he talks about that and much more.
Here are five takeaways from this episode of A Call to Lead with Simon: