Leading Lions – Soft Skills for IT People

We all want smart, driven and passionate people on our teams, who can solve complex problems and operate in a dynamic environment. David Ogilvy famously wrote: “If each of us hires people who are smaller than we are, we shall become a company of dwarfs. But if each of us hires people who are bigger than we are, we shall become a company of giants”.

But how do we attract the lions to our team? How do we motivate them to stay and how do we lead a group of strong and independent professionals? And how do you make lions follow you?

In this video, Misho Stefanov – leading Bulgarian communications advisor, trainer and speaker shares his 9 principles on building and managing a team of superstars.

Principle 1: Not all leaders are fit to lead lions
Principle 2: You gotta love lions
Principle 3: Your main task – take good care of your ‘lions’
Principle 4: Forget the stick
Principle 5: Invest in trusting relationships
Principle 6: Submit to the lion to submit the lion
Principle 7: Show no fear
Principle 8: Let them lead
Principle 9: Become your ‘lions’ champion

Always stand up for your ‘lions’, cover their backs, become their ambassador and champion. And to all questioning looks and occasional complaints simply reply with Mr. Kevin Richardson, known around the world as the Lion Whisperer: “I’ve weighed the pros and I’ve weighed the cons, and the pros far outweigh the cons… For the lion, this feared predator, this man-eater, is capable of so much love”.


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