Rupal shares advice about how you can put into practice the principle of aligning yourself with the leadership path regardless of your technical role.
Meritocracy is Rupal's leadership style in one word. Being a great leader is not just about having great ideas or having the right titles. It's about making sure that the right ideas are being heard and that you're giving them the space to imagine and come to light. It's about giving the people a seat at the table and listening to them from different parts of the organization.
Leadership isn't about the boss making the decisions, it's about taking responsibility for the outcomes and for the people. Once you start taking responsibility for the outcomes, regardless of where you sit in the organization, you automatically are giving yourself permission to be a leader.
Don't confuse leadership with what titles Leadership is a mindset. Even as an Individual Contributor, you can have a seat at the table, but you have to work on building your influence correctly.
For those who are in leadership and in management right now, leadership is going through a massive revolution. You have to be more fearless and authentic in your management style. You have to learn to meet every team member where they are versus having a singular path of where you're all going to go.
Be comfortable being yourself. Be the unapologetically weird self that you are. Give yourself and your team permission to fail. It's okay to do that. And when you fail, you have to fail fast and learn from it so you can evolve very quickly.
She also shares that every success that she and her team has had was the result of a village around her and around them. So if you don't have one yet, start building your own village, in your personal or professional life. Because you need your own board of directors that are going to guide you and be there to support you.
Also, one of the things that people, especially in leadership can do better is listening. Not just about what is being said, but also about what is not being said. More often than not, people get used to the sound of their own voices.
So it's important to take a step back and let the other speak. Listening is a much more difficult skill than people realize.