5 things I learnt from Good leaders & from Great Leaders!


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Let me begin by giving credit to the book from where I got inspired to write this article. The book is called “Good to Great” by Jim Collins. Though the words sound similar but content is completely different.

I have been lucky to work with various inspirational leaders with diverse styles of working. Infact as diverse as 180 degree apart. Trust me, nothing is right or wrong when it comes to leadership styles. What matters is the vision that a leader sets and accordingly choose their leadership style. Here are top 5 things I learned from these inspiring leaders:

  1. There is no one path to success: I have worked with leaders who get into each and every detail, who ensure that minutest of details are touched upon. On other hand, I have also worked with leaders who focus only on establishing mission statement and expect respective Managers to achieve results. Both are correct. So don’t restrict your leadership style to just one particular style. Be as flexible as water. Adapt yourself!
  2. Performance + Perception: Ideally leaders should evaluate managers basis performance and his perception among his colleagues. Reason being that organisation objectives can be achieved only when employees deliver high performance & if employees perceive the manager with high regard, after all teams can work together only when they perceive each other in high esteem. The challenge comes when either one of these two qualities are seen in isolation. A great leader should have an eye to evaluate his managers basis both. Looking at only one of these two qualities only may not be healthy for the organisation in long run.
  3. Change your shoes: Great leaders don’t feel uncomfortable wearing others shoes sometimes. They do take “NO” as an answer form their teams. Ofcourse, this does not mean that a leader has to get an approval from his team but understanding the perspective of his team with patience is key differentiator between a good & great leader. Even though a leader has the authority to get his way executed either way but understanding others perspective earns him respect.
  4. Stay grounded: Once leaders reach a level where they are looked upto by many, they have a choice to make. Either they can continue to stay humble and connected with their ex-colleagues or disconnect themselves. By the way there are valid reasons if leaders disconnect themselves from ex-employees. Their time is precious and 24 hours are understandably too less for a senior leader. Having said that remaining connected with distant team members, even once in a while differentiates great from good leaders.
  5. Work for a bigger objective than just making your company’s bottom line fatter: Lastly and most importantly a great leader does not just make a company’s bottom line healthier but he ensures that his team members also grow as managers & leaders along with organisation. Many organisations use only functional capabilities of managers. This ofcourse helps the organisation to grow but it does not help in building next line of leadership. When leaders nuture their teams, they are respected throughout life!



Today, internet is flooded with articles, videos & static posts on content. Some of them even share guidelines on how to make interesting and engaging content. There are companies getting floated which teach how to create flabbergasting content and others who organise seminars on content Marketing with the who’s who of corporate world. Surprisingly, only a few understand true content and even fewer know how to get it done.

Before I write anything further, let me ask if you ever asked yourself “what is content?”. Technically, content is not new. Its been here for ages. After all what runs on TV, radio, outdoor is also content. Isn’t it? but what’s different about digital content is its form. Digital content is dramatically different & complex in comparison to other forms. There are multiple reasons for that.

Monopoly of platforms, duopoly actually between Facebook and Youtube when it comes to video consumption. Both of them have different formats for video consumption: Facebook claims that 70% of video consumption happens in mute. Hence ideally brands should adapt their videos to be more visual friendly and not so much audio heavy. Youtube on other hand, relies on its perception of higher time spent on its platform.

This also means different metrics evaluation methodology for both these platforms. For instance, some marketers look at View to like ratio & like to share ratio on Facebook. Whereas no such metrics exists for Youtube. This makes marketer’s job to evaluate content tougher.

Lastly, most marketers don’t understand the fact that content Marketing is different from performance marketing. The entire concept seems to vanish when it comes to building brand equity through digital marketing. More so, cost per acquisition is expected to be at par for both types of marketing. It’s a shame that many of today’s managers fail to understand that objective of content marketing & performance marketing is different and that is why they both have different names to begin with.

Content distribution is another challenge. Today’s marketers look at digital content distribution with same lens as traditional content distribution. That’s like riding a superbike when you got trained to ride a bullock cart. Cost of reaching per thousand people on digital is noway less than that of traditional mediums. Did you forget, there are no free lunches. You have to shell out money to reach to your audience.

Another mindset is to develop content for free or almost free. Such content is good enough to be showcased only in your living room and not to your audience. Yes, once in a while you can get some content develop which rocks the world but it cannot happen on everyday basis. You can’t get lucky every time. Keep aside some part of your budget if you are serious about content.

But that’s not the case with all brands. There is hope for content marketing as some brands are doing some stupendous stuff. Look at content developed by Volvo, Redbull and even Boeing. If brands are serious about benefiting from content, then keep these brands as benchmark.

Remember, when we were kids, we were told by our parents and teachers to understand the subject and not just mug it up. Same logic applies here. Understand content in its entirety before announcing the verdict. This is not a fool’s paradise. Get smart!

Thats how you define a niche in marketing.

Though, i havnt heard about this brand before but was quite impressed with the work done by this brand. Defining a niche in this category is not easy. To be honest, this niche is not even dramatically different from that of its competitors but still Canada goose has been able to pull it off. To sum up. Good work!