Leadership Lessons from Twitter CEO,Dick Costolo

How to successfully lead a company is one of the key questions entrepreneurs face on a daily basis. It is common practice to seek inspiration from leaders of other successful companies in order to polish and learn leadership skills.
The Information Communication and Technology (ICT) industry has a vast number of notable leaders who are not only known for their innovation capabilities but also for their exceptional leadership style.
Dick Costolo, the CEO of Twitter, is one such leader.
Costolo is widely acknowledged as one of the most innovative executives in the tech industry, creating a series of companies focused on delivering real-time information. He sold Feedburner to Google in 2007 for $100 million
before he joined Twitter in 2009. Since he took over as the CEO, the company has grown exponentially. This growth is largely credited to his leadership style which is reported to be transparent and advocating the importance of team unity.

Here are a few leadership words of wisdom from Dick Costolo:

• As a leader you need to care deeply, deeply, about people, without caring what they think about you
• Lead based on clarity, not based on the hope of being seen positively
• It is important to avoid simply telling your employees what they want to hear. Don’t apologize for making a tough decision
• As a leader, people are always looking at you. Don’t lose their trust by failing to provide transparency in your decisions and critiques
• There are many different ways to be successful. You have to find your individual superpower and leverage that, to be successful in your own way.
• Lead with the interest of the company, not your name. Rather than trying to be liked by all your employees, lead for the benefit of the organization. In other words, don’t try to please everyone, just do what’s right.
• Managing by trying to be liked is the path to ruin.

“Not only can you not plan the impact you are going to have, you often won’t recognize it even while you’re having it”

Dick Costolo