For every 99 shitty things you have to do as an entrepreneur you get 1 really sexy, glamorous one. Today I was lucky enough to be in London judging the Unilever Sustainable Young Entrepreneur Awards and in the process I got to be a part of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan. The best of the best were there and I was lucky enough to speak to them. I got a shout out from Paul Polman in his speech, which was pretty great. I got to speak to the CEO of Safaricom about our business and his too. All in all, it was incredibly stellar.
But most importantly, I realized something about the leaders that I admire most. They listen amazingly well. It doesn’t matter who they are talking to, they are present, ask great questions, and make you feel heard. They have this uncanny ability to do so.
And that’s added to the list of new things I want to be: A great listener.