Top 9 Qualities That Make A Great Leader !!!

Having a great idea, and assembling a team to bring that concept to life is the first step in creating a successful business venture. While finding a new and unique idea is rare enough; the ability to successfully execute this idea is what separates the dreamers from the entrepreneurs. However you see yourself, whatever your age may be, as soon as you make that exciting first hire, you have taken the first steps in becoming a powerful leader. When money is tight and startup fundraising is required, stress levels are high, and the visions of instant success don’t happen like you thought, it’s easy to let those emotions get to you, and thereby your team. Take a breath, calm yourself down, and remind yourself of the leader you are and would like to become.

Here are some key qualities that every good leader should possess, and learn to emphasize.

1) Honesty:

Whatever ethical plane you hold yourself to, when you are responsible for a team of people, its important to raise the bar even higher. Your business and its employees are a reflection of yourself, and if you make honest and ethical behavior a key value, your team will follow suit.

As we do at CoFoundersLab, one of the largest networks for entrepreneurs online, we try to make a list of values and core beliefs that both you and your brand represent, and post this in your office. Promote a healthy interoffice lifestyle, and encourage your team to live up to these standards. By emphasizing these standards, and displaying them yourself, you will hopefully influence the office environment into a friendly and helpful workspace.

2) Communication:

Knowing what you want accomplished may seem clear in your head, but if you try to explain it to someone else and are met with a blank expression, you know there is a problem. If this has been your experience, then you may want to focus on honing your communication skills. Being able to clearly and succinctly describe what you want done is extremely important. If you can’t relate your vision to your team, you won’t all be working towards the same goal.

Training new members and creating a productive work environment all depend on healthy lines of communication. Whether that stems from an open door policy to your office, or making it a point to talk to your staff on a daily basis, making yourself available to discuss interoffice issues is vital. Your team will learn to trust and depend on you, and will be less hesitant to work harder.

3) Confidence: 

There may be days where the future of your brand is worrisome and things aren’t going according to plan. This is true with any business, large or small, and the most important thing is not to panic. Part of your job as a leader is to put out fires and maintain the team morale. Keep up your confidence level, and assure everyone that setbacks are natural and the important thing is to focus on the larger goal. As the leader, by staying calm and confident, you will help keep the team feeling the same. Remember, your team will take cues from you, so if you exude a level of calm damage control, your team will pick up on that feeling. The key objective is to keep everyone working and moving ahead.

4) Commitment:

If you expect your team to work hard and produce quality content, you’re going to need to lead by example. There is no greater motivation than seeing the boss down in the trenches working alongside everyone else, showing that hard work is being done on every level. By proving your commitment to the brand and your role, you will not only earn the respect of your team, but will also instill that same hardworking energy among your staff. It’s important to show your commitment not only to the work at hand, but also to your promises. If you pledged to host a holiday party, or uphold summer Fridays, keep your word. You want to create a reputation for not just working hard, but also be known as a fair leader. Once you have gained the respect of your team, they are more likely to deliver the peak amount of quality work possible.

5) Positive Attitude: 

You want to keep your team motivated towards the continued success of the company, and keep the energy levels up. Whether that means providing snacks, coffee, relationship advice, or even just an occasional beer in the office, remember that everyone on your team is a person. Keep the office mood a fine balance between productivity and playfulness.

6) Creativity: 

Some decisions will not always be so clear-cut. You may be forced at times to deviate from your set course and make an on the fly decision. This is where your creativity will prove to be vital. It is during these critical situations that your team will look to you for guidance and you may be forced to make a quick decision. As a leader, its important to learn to think outside the box and to choose which of two bad choices is the best option. Don’t immediately choose the first or easiest possibility; sometimes its best to give these issues some thought, and even turn to your team for guidance. By utilizing all possible options before making a rash decision, you can typically reach the end conclusion you were aiming for.

7) Intuition: 

When leading a team through uncharted waters, there is no roadmap on what to do. Everything is uncertain, and the higher the risk, the higher the pressure. That is where your natural intuition has to kick in. Guiding your team through the process of your day-to-day tasks can be honed down to a science. But when something unexpected occurs, or you are thrown into a new scenario, your team will look to you for guidance. Drawing on past experience is a good reflex, as is reaching out to your mentors for support. Eventually though, the tough decisions will be up to you to decide and you will need to depend on your gut instinct for answers. Learning to trust yourself is as important as your team learning to trust you.

8) Inspire:

Creating a business often involves a bit of forecasting. Especially in the beginning stages of a startup, inspiring your team to see the vision of the successes to come is vital. Make your team feel invested in the accomplishments of the company. Whether everyone owns a piece of equity, or you operate on a bonus system, generating enthusiasm for the hard work you are all putting in is so important. Being able to inspire your team is great for focusing on the future goals, but it is also important for the current issues. When you are all mired deep in work, morale is low, and energy levels are fading, recognize that everyone needs a break now and then. Acknowledge the work that everyone has dedicated and commend the team on each of their efforts. It is your job to keep spirits up, and that begins with an appreciation for the hard work.

9) Approach: 

Not all human beings are the same. A basic concept, but something that is often overlooked. You have cultural perspectives, language barriers, different educational backgrounds, personality traits and varying value systems with which individuals come pre-conditioned that greatly affects how information is processed and interpreted. Some people work well under pressure, others don’t. Some respond best to tough love, others take it personally and shut down. In order to optimize your effectiveness as a leader, you must have the ability to customize your approach on a person by person basis, based on the situation at hand. Your capacity to execute this concept will play a huge role in your ability to get the best work out of your team and other partners along he journey.

How to impress any interviewer,according to Facebook’s global head of Recruiting

  • whether you’re going for your dream job or your first gig out of your college,you want to make sure you pull out all the stops in any job interview. Facebook global head of recruiting Miranda Kalinowski recently shared her top tips for knocking your next interview out of the park.
  • Make sure you’re connecting your own experience with company’s central ethos or goals. In Facebook’s case,recruiters are specifically looking for certain personality types.
  • “We hire builders,” she says. “What I mean by that is, whether you’re someone like a finance analyst or a designer or one of our engineers, the people who thrive here are the people who look beyond the status quo. They love creating new things and figuring out how to continuously improve the way that we’re working and the products we’re building.”
  • It’s important to be your own advocate,kalinowski says. During one of her job interviews with facebook,kalinowski says she found herself answering a question with what she realized was “a pretty lame example”
  • “I had a decision to make,” she tells Business Insider.”I decided to pa7use the interview and say to the interviewer,’I feel like I’ve given a bad example and I can think of a better one,do you mind if I start again?’I was probably 45 seconds into the answer. The interviewer not only encouraged that,but I think I won some brownie points just in terms of being authentic and having confidence to ask for that.”
  • If you find youself tripping up at any point, take a deep breath and own it. 
  • “The interviewer will want to get quite deep into the detail of that situation and listen for what the candidate did and said thought in those momentsso they can really get to know how that person approaches problem-solving,”Kalinowki says.
  • Brainstorm some concrete examples from you experience and be prepared to speak about them.Incorporating details will boost your credibility and impress your interviewer.
  • Oftentimes,the interviewer actually cares more about your thought process than the anecode or problem itself.
  • Kalinowski notes that,while preparation is crucial, it is possible to overdo it. Make sure your always treating the interview as a conversation and aswering questions,ratherthan reciting memorized anecodes.
  • Kalinowski recalled interviewing one candidate who exuded a “contagious and very refreshing” level of excitment about potentially working at Facebook.
  • The candidate went so far as to offer to work for free on a trial basis. Kalinowski notes that facebook would never accept such an offer,but it was nonetheless”an incredible testament and gesture.”
  • While she’s not suggesting you offer to give away your work for free,Kalinowski says you should definately find away express your enthusiasm to offer the interviewer.
  • Don’t skimp on the research. Kalinowski recomments checking up on resources like Glassdoor to prepare yourself for the company’s hiring process. Many companies like Facebook also have their own career sites with resources and helpful articles.

11 Tips to Optimize Your Job Search

Here are 11 quick, easy tips and reminders for your job search:


Job search #1:-

  –Get resume feedback from a friend (or friend of a friend) involved in HR or Recruiting. 

Job search #2:-

    -Saturdays are the worst days statistically,to apply to jobs. Mondays are you new best friend. 

Job Search #3:-

    –Find a job board that specializes in your role or industry. Niche boards have high quality opportunities and less noise. 

Job search #4:-

    -If you’re  having trouble in your resume brief, swap jobs in and out based on their relevance to each particular opening. 

Job search #5:-

    -Follow target companies on social media. You might catch an opportunity before it’s officially posted.

Job search #6:-

    –Find a job search buddy. Hold each other accountable, share tips and keep each other motivated. It helps if you meet regularly. 

Job search #7:-

   -If your dream company doesnt have an opening that fits you,start a conversation anyway- THINGS CHANGE !

job search #8:-

   -Apply for the job you want,not the job you have.

Job search #9:-

   -Follow through and follow up on your applications. 

Job search #10:- 

   -Fancy resumes get eaten by hiring software. Keep it simple unless the design will be seen. 

Job search #11:-

   -Spell check. Friend check. Read-out-loud check. 

9 Ways to Manage Your Career Successfully

There is no such thing as a job for life any more and it is no longer safe to think that any one job is secure. At the same time, in today’s working world there are so many more opportunities and options available to us than ever before.

It’s important to embrace this as it gives us choice as to what to do next and at each stage in our careers. It can also be overwhelming and uncertainly can also be quite unsettling for the best of us.

Here are a few suggestions on ways to help you manage your career:

1) Embracing and being open to change as much as possible. It’s important to accept that things will not stay the same and that staying the same yourself is also not good enough any more. We must each endeavour to learn, grow and continuously develop. So when you can – seek opportunities and ways to develop and build on your skillset. Go on courses, get involved in new projects and with different people and teams, read / listen / attend conferences and learn in any way that you can.  Go beyond what might be expected of you at work and explore things that excite and interest you and that will continue to stretch and stimulate you.

2) Not taking things personally:

 If you’ve been made redundant – it most likely has nothing to do with you but instead is to with the company’s circumstances, changes in direction and needs. It is often an opportunity to re-evaluate your career and to take the time to really think about what you want to do. Many people used to simply float into their jobs. People worked in order to earn a living. Now it can be more than that. We each have the opportunity to think harder about what we really want to be doing with ourselves and in our careers and to shape it how we want.

3) Think outside the box:

Consider setting up your own business or going freelance. If you are finding that you aren’t feeling fulfilled or being appreciated at work (in an organisation) then explore ways to work outside of the corporate system.  There is no one ‘right’ way of being any more. The world is your oyster and we really each do have so many options open to us now – so explore them as creatively as you can!

4) Establish a strong support system:

That you can turn to whenever you are feeling confused or down. You don’t need many people – you just need a strong connection to a couple so that you feel supported when you need to be. I think it’s important not to feel alone when handling tough situations to do with your career. Each of us has so much to offer and to share.

5) Stick to your core knitting i.e. your strengths:

  Think about what you really enjoy doing and what you’re good at. The more you can combine these, the better. Build on these – so develop your strengths further, discover new strengths and new areas that interest you and explore where you can go with these.  Too many of us focus on the negative and try to improve on the things that we aren’t good at. Often this can be a time-consuming and draining experience. Instead – focus on the things that come more naturally to you and build up that skillset and confidence around them. Be clear about what you aren’t so good at and explore ways to plug the gap.  Is there a software or system that can help? Can you delegate? Can you avoid it completely?

6) Think of everything as a learning experience:

 Whatever you go through adds to your story and no time is wasted unless you think it is. Even if a project or company flops – you will most likely have built up some invaluable skills or connections or both during that process.  You will at least have experienced and learnt how not to do something – and that will help you the next time. Every experience we go through is a stepping stone to the next thing.

7)  Make a plan:

It can be easy to meander through one’s career and to go with whatever comes your way. However, if you do that – you may not end up where you want to be or have as much control over what happens to you. Instead – think about what you want to do. What’s your goal? What’s your ideal job / lifestyle etc? Build up a picture of what that looks like for you and think about how your career fits into that. Then think about how you will achieve this.  Make sure that the choices you make and jobs that you take support your overall goal(s) and plan.

8) Also have a plan B:

If things don’t work out how you want them to – what will you do?  Since nothing is secure nowadays it’s incredibly important to have a contingency plan.  If you lost your job tomorrow, or your project fails, or your new company venture falls apart – if you have thought about what your plan B is – you will have something to fall back on and will be in a stronger position to pick yourself up and move forwards.

9) Living in a world full of uncertainly can be stressful:

 So – make sure that you give yourself time to de-stress and that you find a way to manage your stress.  Try to find a balance if you can – across all areas of your life and to stay healthy. Don’t forget to look after yourself – to get enough sleep, to eat healthily and to take breaks as and when you need them. It can be easy to neglect these things when the pressure is on.   So book massages, or go on retreats or do yoga or whatever it is that works for you – make it part of your weekly / monthly / annual routine.

5 Ways to use social media in your job hunt !!

  Social media platforms give you a great opportunity to connect, engage, share and learn. And   they also provide an opportunity for you to create a ‘buzz’ around your personal brand-

They  are becoming increasingly popular with job seekers as a way to keep in touch, grow their networks,    spread the word, research companies and opportunities and get noticed by recruiters.

  Here are 5 things you can start doing now:


1) Research companies and industry sectors: Think about the types of organizations you want to work at and research what networks the company and the people that work there are utilizing. Make sure you are on those networks too.


2) Develop your on-line professional profile:  Almost all recruiters will do a Google or LinkedIn search on potential candidates at some stage. Make sure that when employers find you they are seeing information about your professional accomplishments and background that’s up to date. If you are seriously job hunting then try to reduce the number of amusing videos, photos and links.

Create a strong LinkedIn profile: Make sure that all your skills, expertise, achievements and jobs are there with a succinct description of where you have added value. Make sure your profile is 100% complete and join Groups that are relevant to your profession or sector. Follow companies that interest you – they may be posting jobs or business updates. Also join any groups managed by your target companies. Don’t just watch what goes on in the groups…join in conversations and post updates.


3) Use Twitter to grow your network and contacts: Build relationships with organizations and individuals of interest to you and don’t be afraid to reach out through several social media platforms. Join in any industry-related Twitter chats and become known as someone who participates in conversations around the issues facing your sector. You can impress hiring managers who may be monitoring these chats looking for prospective hires.


4) Blog: Start a blog  and use it to talk about your industry or skill set. Share stories of your successes and talk about lessons learned when things haven’t worked out. You can also write about hobbies or specific interests to let readers see you as a rounded individual. It may also be a good idea to get someone to interview you for 10 minutes, asking questions about your career and achievements, and post this to your blog. You can then send links to prospective interviewers.


 5) Become known as an engager and content sharer: Make sure you become known as someone who has access to, and shares, really good content about your industry or sector. Share links, articles, and other relevant social media updates. This will not only raise your on-line profile, but will encourage others to also do the same for you. You can be seen as a go to person for information on what is happening in your sector.

6 Steps for a Career Makeover..!!


Are you tired of feeling dragged down by your work and have you wanted to make a change but haven’t done anything about it? As years progress, career progression plateaus. You will need to keep improvising and constantly innovating your career strategy to keep growing.

Everyone deserves to have a job that makes them want to jump out of bed in the morning. It takes time and commitment to make this happen, but it is possible.

Your career graph has to keep constantly moving forward, to keep pace with the changing times around you. If you are in the same position, role, or even the city for a really long time, chances are you will be reductant over time. Either technology or someone young and smarter, will do your job for half the pay.

Every career has various infection points. Your first job, your first promotion, the first time you lead a team, a whole function, could be a few.

All of us need career makeovers at each of these infection points. This makeover will kick-start the trajectory at your next goal. The time of these makeovers and the infection points could be different for each one of us. However the makeover is something we all have to go through, to be ahead of the game.

Here are 6 steps for a career makeover:

1) Decide on the next stage:  

The first step is to decide on what is next. This sets the next destination, and all the time frame for reaching the gaol. Make sure this goal is the next important thing for you.

2) Schedule and follow Schedule:

Almost all successful people in the world have a schedule. They have the schedule like white on rice. It is not list of “To do”, or a bucket list. Successful people are sticklers of a plan and schedule. Everything in their day has a time pre-booked. Make time for the things that will help reach your next IT, and do it in your most productive hours.

3) Invest in yourself:

Learn. Constant learning is the key to your success. Whatever you decide to do, keep learning. Get certified, work as an intern to gain experience. What it takes, Learn. The minute you feel you know a thing or two about something, learn the next big thing.

4) Meet people in your group:

In today’s connected world, it is a sin not to network. Connecting with like-minded people, will open up a world of possibilities. With a large network of people you can reach out for help. You will be able to get to your goals faster.

However, networking is NOT about asking the other person for help. It also means you will need to add value to the relationship and be willing to help. When you reach out to someone, make sure you find common ground and hold out the offer to help.

5) Talk about your plans:

Be willing to talk to every relevant person,seek feedback, and face rejections. These conversations will expand your horizon about your idea.

6) Overcome your fear, Visualize your future:

Finally, at the end of the day, when you are ready and convinced about your ideas or plans, be ready to overcome your fear of failure. Visualize how the future will be, and where you see the next step heading. Sometimes this is driven by data and at times, it is a leap of faith. Which is your path, take the plunge!

How To Apply For A Job Abroad

How to Apply for a Job Abroad

Researching Opportunities

Research the countries you would like to work in. You’ll need to find out practical information like what kind of visas and immunizations you’ll need to relocate there. You should also get a grasp of the culture and living conditions of the country you choose. Find out what the cost of living is to make sure you get a job that is sufficient to live comfortably. Be familiar with safety information, medical facilities and travel alerts

Investigate the different routes to a job abroad.

There are many different ways to pursue which will appeal to different people in different circumstances. There are possibilities for short term work, as well as more permanent positions. Once you have an idea about which country you would like to work in, or even if you are undecided, you should spend some time researching the various ways to find a job abroad.

Consider working for a local company that has foreign offices.

Many corporations in the United States have offices in other countries. There also may be small organizations in your area that are satellite offices for international companies. Working in an organization that has international reach can lead to an assignment in an overseas job.

Search for international job postings on regular job sites.

As well as the specialist sites that deal with finding jobs abroad, you shouldn’t neglect the major jobs listing sites and recruitment companies. Many of the largest of these organizations will operate internationally and may advertise for posts abroad alongside domestic ones. Search some of the recruitment sites and check the listings.

Apply for a visa and/or work permit.

Many overseas jobs will not consider you for a position unless you already have a visa or work permit organised. Be sure you understand the requirements for a visa or work permit and know that you will be able to meet them before thinking seriously about applying for a job abroad. The embassy of the country you want to work in will provide information for applying for a Visa.

Make contacts and use your networks

Finding a job abroad can be a difficult prospect. You have to demonstrate not only that you are a good person for the job, but that you can offer something more than the prospective local candidates who will most likely take less time to adapt to the new working environment. Because of this, and the difficulties of breaking into a foreign working culture, it is especially important that you utilize your contacts and networks as much as possible

Consider the language requirements.

The language requirements will vary depending on the type of job you are interested in getting. For example, if you are working for the US government abroad you may find that the majority of people in your office are American and business is conducted solely in English. If you are applying to work in a foreign firm you will probably be expected to be able to work in the native language.

Things You Need to Prepare for a Skype Interview

Things You Need to Prepare for a Skype Interview


Anything that is difficult to read or in any way resembles your middle school AIM screenname is making a bad first impression. Be boring and use your name.


Just because you’re not on-site does not mean you should wear your college hoodie. I’m not saying put on a suit, but you should wear whatever you would wear to an in-person interview. Plus, dressing like you’re going in for an in-person interview will help you feel like you’re at an in-person interview.


What’s behind you matters. Set up a clean, neutral background with good lighting. Avoid basements and sitting in front of a window, unless you want to look like someone whose identity is being protected. Avoid public spaces, unless you don’t have internet at home


People might differ on this one, but if you have a headphone set with a talk piece (like most iPod or iPhone headphones), use it – especially if you’re in a public space


Things can go wrong. Your interviewer understands that. If something does happen, remain calm and friendly while you troubleshoot. Don’t be afraid to ask to hang up the call and try again if your Skype is freezing up


That’s not just telling your roommate or mother to steer clear. It’s turning off any notifications on your computer. Silencing your phone. Closing your mail client. Facebook. AIM, if you’re still using that middle school account mentioned previously.

7 Things to Do After a Job Interview

7 Things to Do After a Job Interview

As soon as your job interview is over, it’s time to play the waiting game. You may believe you have done your part till you get an offer. But this isn’t the case., in reply to our previous article on 7 things NOT to do after a job interview, here are 8 things you CAN do after a Job Interview.


  1. Send a thank you note.

Most experts believe sending an email expressing your appreciation within a day is recommended. To stand out, mention something discussed in the interview and provide a book title or link to a web article on that topic. Submitting Handwritten notes are also a great idea.


  1. Start preparing for a second round interview.

Regardless of how you think the first interview went, it’s never too early to get ready for the next one. Find interesting information on the campaign and candidate (articles or accomplishments not listed on the website) and think of ways to work it into conversation.

  1. Follow instructions.

If the interviewer suggested contacting them by email after two weeks, don’t call them after a week. Do exactly what they ask. Sometimes employers intentionally request odd follow-up tasks in order to make sure you are good at following instructions. It’s all part of the interview process.

  1. Start preparing for a second round interview.

Regardless of how you think the first interview went, it’s never too early to get ready for the next one. Find interesting information on the campaign and candidate (articles or accomplishments not listed on the website) and think of ways to work it into conversation.

  1. Use connections if you have got them.

If you know someone who could possibly influence the hiring process, ask them to write a quick email or LinkedIn message highlighting your assets.

7 Ways How Not to React After a Job Interview

7 Ways How Not to React After a Job Interview

1)Don’t Pester the Hiring Manager with Too Many Calls.

-After your job interview, the worst thing you can do as a prospective employee is to annoy your potential employer by consistently calling them up or emailing them about the status of your interview. You should not follow up on your application too much after your interview.

2)Don’t Connect with your Interviewer outside their Professional Boundary.

-You should not show your interest in the person hiring you by adding them on their social media or connecting with them through LinkedIn right after your interview is done. This will have a negative impact on them about you. It’s better to leave the connections until after your application has been approved.

3)Don’t pretend to have the job before they have announced.

– Another biggest turn off employers have faced is when an applicant calls them and pretend that they have already nailed the interview and have got the job. For the interviewer this shows that the person is arrogant and over confident of getting the post. This might back fire as even if that person is rightly suited for the job, he will not be hired.

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