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What makes a great leader?

Leaders make their actions do all the talking

Year 18th July 1980 was a landmark day for India. Dr. Abdul Kalam was the leader of the ISRO team which successfully launched Rohini satellite into the orbit. The missile man conducted the press conference along with his team. But, his success was not easy, nor was it isolated.

Year 10th August 1979 was another landmark day for India. This day, we failed to launch Rohini satellite into the orbit in the first attempt. This time, the press conference was led by Dr. Satish Dhawan, the ISRO chairman.

You might be wondering what he would have delivered in a callous situation? He just uttered these words: “We failed! But I have a very good trust in my team that next time we will be succeeding for sure”.

A true leader leads from the front in the face of crisis and takes the blame upfront. Similarly, in the face of success, a true leader lets the team lead from the front.

Now the question arises, do you think, you need power and position to be a leader? No, not at all. All of us have the leader in us, either consciously or unconsciously.

Leader without a title.
Explore the leader in you.

In this blog, I will elaborate on the top qualities of any leader. If you have this quality in you, take it to the next level. If you don’t, you could consider adopting some of them.

1. Vision

Leader with vision
Visionary leader

A leader is a daydreamer. Confused? A leader has a vision and he daydreams about it relentlessly. Further, the aura that he creates amongst his subordinates attracts them to his vision. Like a magnet that strongly pulls the iron towards itself, the vision of the leader attracts his followers towards himself. Hence, if you want to be a great leader, be visionary par excellence. For example, Barack Obama’s vision for America struck the right chord with the audience. The result, we all know the stunning consecutive tenures as the President.

2. Innovative

Innovative leader
Innovation as the hallmark of a leader

Rome was not built in a day. It is a result of hard work, patience, perseverance, and innovation. Innovation makes you stand apart from the crowd. Innovation gives vent to your creativity and takes you on a higher plane as the leader. For example, the life of Ratan Tata is an apt example of innovative leadership. Post-retirement, Ratan Tata has been actively involved in funding innovative startups. This is the mark of a great leader, he never lets innovative ideas go unnoticed or unsupported.

3. Positive

Positive leader
Positivity as the hallmark of a leader

He fought, he raised his voice against discrimination. But, in vain. Further, he was jailed for twenty-seven years. Nevertheless, his determination and courage stood unshaken. He remained positive throughout and dreamt of seeing his country free of apartheid. The positive and visionary leader was Nelson Mandela who has become an inspiration for generations to come.

Positivity is the hallmark of a true leader. A positive person never loses hope even in the jaws of death. He finds a solution to any crisis by hook or by crook.

4. Humility as a leader

Humble leader
Humility as the hallmark of a leader

It is one golden quality that keeps you grounded no matter how high you fly. Hence, humility is of pivotal importance for leaders. A long-lasting and strong relation gets formed with your subordinates upon exhibiting the quality of humbleness. Moreover, humility is the easiest way to build trust and forge relationships. For example, Gandhiji espoused a humble demeanor that made him stand out gentle amongst giants of his era.

5. Emotional Intelligence as a leader

Leader with emotional intelligence
Leader with emotional intelligence

Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand your emotions as well as that of others and the ability to handle the same. A leader has to deal with a diverse group of people with different characteristics and emotional levels. At this juncture, emotional intelligence helps him think from the shoes of his subordinates. This results in better resolution of conflicts. Hence, it is rightly said that ‘Attitude decides your altitude in life’.

6. Empathetic

Empathy and leadership
Leader and his quality of empathy

“Empathy is seeing with the eyes of another, listening with the ears of another and feeling with the heart of another.” – Alfred Adler

Empathy is one quality that sets apart good leaders from a great one. The perspective of a leader changes with empathy. He is able to better judge his teams’ requirements and make a healthy judgment. An empathetic leader stands by the poor and the destitute. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation by billionaire Bill Gates supports education, health cum sanitation in poor and destitute countries.

7. Integrity

Leader with integrity
Leader with integrity

If you are a leader with integrity, you are hard to be replaced. Leaders with integrity espouse truth, no matter how hard it may seem. They never mince their words and lead with dignity. When a leader is integral, the subordinates have unconditional faith in him. In other words, they are rest assured that the decisions are taken in a good spirit.

8. Leader without a title

Leader without a title
Leader without a title

The world knows a handful of leaders. On the other hand, there are innumerable people who are doing selfless service behind the curtain. Jadav Payeng of Assam single-handedly planted an entire forest. Bal Pandian of Tamil Nadu took commendable steps to conserve avian species around Koonthakulam Bird Sanctuary.

They are the true leaders, who lead without a title. They could always remain invisible to the world, but their efforts are no less than the well-renowned leaders.

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12 best twitter accounts to follow for every startup

Twitter was my best companion during my UPSC preparation days. My day started with surfing the daily news headlines through the accounts I followed. The new ideas brought in innovation to my answers.

Twitter continues to be my knowledge hub. As a writer, it gives me the opportunity to follow popular writing accounts. As a result, I have been adopting good writing practices to become a better writer every day.

In a similar way, twitter is the ideal knowledge platform for millions of entrepreneurs. In other words, Twitter is the cheapest medium to share ideas for small businesses like startups. Successful business magnates share ideas via videos, articles, links, etc which is free to share and access.

Twitter accounts
Twitter accounts to aid your startup growth

In this blog, I have compiled a list of twelve must follow twitter accounts for every startup. Get ready for some amazing information sharing experience.


1. Richard Branson @richardbranson

Richard Branson is an entrepreneur based in London. He is the founder of the Virgin Group. In 2007, he was Time’s 100 most influential person. His twitter feed is filled with both information and motivation. His tweets touch upon a wide range of issues like business setup, human rights, climate change, etc.

Best selling book of Richard Branson: Losing my virginity

TED Talk by Richard Branson: Life at 30,000 feet

Thought provoking tweet on ocean protection

2. Elon Musk @elonmusk

Elon Musk is an engineer and entrepreneur known famously as the founder of SpaceX, an aerospace company. His tweets give wide insights into space technology and renewable energy ideas. In addition, his feeds focus on his primary ventures based on artificial intelligence, Hyperloop technology, and electric vehicles.

If you are a core technology freak, you should not miss following his account.

Best selling book of Elon Musk: Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

TED Talk by Elon Musk: The mind behind Tesla, SpaceX and Solarcity.

3. Reid Hoffman @reidhoffman

Reid Hoffman is an author, venture capitalist, and entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of LinkedIn which is a professional networking platform. His feed is filled with tweets and retweets from a number of peer entrepreneurs. For example, the tips on better work productivity come in handy for any small business. Also, Reid Hoffman shares regular podcasts which is an impetus for new ideas.

Best book by Reid Hoffman: The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career

TED Talk by Reid Hoffman:

4. Bill Gates @BillGates

One of the renowned entrepreneur, philanthropist, author and investor, Bill Gates is the founder of the multinational software company Microsoft Incorporation. His account showcases the work of his foundation Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in addition to interesting technology news. The feed on education, health, and humanitarian issues are commendable and worth emulation.

Best book of Bill Gates: Business at the speed of thought

TED Talk by Bill Gates: Innovating to Zero

5. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw @kiranshaw

Kiran Mazumdar Shah is the founder and chairperson of Biocon Ltd, India’s leading pharmaceutical company. Her tweets give insights into both technological cum current national/international issues of significance. For example, her tweets on new inventions in the biopharmaceutical field stand out from the rest. Her handle is a must-follow for any knowledge seeking person.

6. Hiten Shaw @hnshah

Hiten Shaw is a popular investor in multiple startup platforms. The famous ventures include KISSmetrics and crazy egg. Make sure you follow his account to get motivational quotes in addition to startup updates.


1. Entrepreneur @Entrepreneur

Entrepreneur brings to your table daily tips to grow your business. A glance through the feed is enough to fill you with inspiration and creativity. Hence, do follow the account to arouse your creativity to the next level.

2. TechCrunch @TechCrunch

It is the one-stop account to catch up with all the technology news and its analysis. Also, blog compilation forms an integral part of TechCrunch feed. Be it content curation or content writing, TechCrunch acts as a reliable platform, to begin with.

3. Hubspot @HubSpot

Hubspot is an online platform for sales and inbound marketing. The twitter feed provides insights into tools for content marketing, SEO and Social media handling. Interestingly, one can frequent tweets of Hubspot help handles.

4. PaymentSource @payments_source

The account is focussed on news analysis from the payments domain. If you are looking for new solutions and ideas for your payment startup, PaymentSource is a must in your follow list.

5. Inc Magazine @Inc

Inc magazine presents business news and ideas in a lucid and interesting fashion. The views of renown personalities give ample scope for out of box thinking for a new business.

6. Forbes Magazine @Forbes

Forbes is the sought after platform for both businesses and non-businesses alike. The feed is replete with the experiences of professionals from different walks of life. Therefore, make it a point to follow Forbes for amazing business hacks.

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Hundred motivational quotes for success

Evergreen quotes to keep you inspired and take you towards success

What do you mean by success in business? Is it just about the idea? How important are interpersonal skills? Have you craved for something inspirational to keep you going? Further, isn’t persistence an enviable quality given the enormous challenges of the entrepreneurial life.

An entrepreneur is a person who brings in a new business idea to the table. But, an idea doesn’t manifest itself into success overnight. It requires sheer grit, hard work, perseverance and above all unflinching hope to make it a success.

In pursuance of this, we can learn a lot from seasoned entrepreneurs. Most importantly, tracing their growth journey is crucial to learn about the challenges of entrepreneurship.

Inspirational quotes for success

In this blog, I will take you through a hundred quotes given by successful people. These quotes relate to different qualities of an entrepreneur in particular and successful people in general. I am sure, these quotes will handhold you both in your entrepreneurship as well as non-entrepreneurship journey.

1.Leadership quotes for success

  • “You don’t have to hold a position in order to be a leader.” – Henry Ford
  • “True leadership stems from individuality that is honestly and sometimes imperfectly expressed… Leaders should strive for authenticity over perfection.” – Sheryl Sandberg
  • “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” – Michael Jordan
  • “Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence, seeing how you react. If you’re in control, they’re in control.” – Tom Landry
  • “The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.” – Ronald Reagan
  • “A person always doing his or her best becomes a natural leader, just by example.” – Joe DiMaggio
  • “A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” – Rosalynn Carter
  • “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – President John Quincy Adams
  • “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  • “Leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower


  • The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness – Joan Miró
  • “Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” 
    ― Rumi
  • If you’re not doing some things that are crazy, then you’re doing the wrong things – Larry Page
  • Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion – Jack Kerouac
  • You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have – Maya Angelou
  • If it doesn’t sell; it isn’t creative – David Ogilvy
  • The principal mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers – Arthur Koestler
  • “Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” 
    ― Henry Thomas Buckle
  • “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” 
    ― Pablo Picasso
  • “Creativity takes courage. ” 
    ― Henri Matisse


  • Few ideas work on the first try. Iteration is key to innovation – Sebastian Thrun
  • Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship. The act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth – Peter Drucker
  • Collaboration and augmentation are the foundational principles of innovation – Vaclav Smil
  • Innovation comes out of great human ingenuity and very personal passions – Megan Smith
  • I think frugality drives innovation, just like other constraints do. One of the only ways to get out of a tight box is to invent your way out – Jeff Bezos
  • Innovation requires an experimental mindset – Denise Morrison
  • Innovation is like looking for pieces in a jigsaw puzzle. You have to find a lot of pieces that don’t match to find the one or two pieces that match. – – Edward Conard
  • The history of innovation is the story of ideas that seemed dumb at the time – Andy Dunn
  • Innovation comes from the producer – not from the customer – W. Edwards Deming
  • Innovation is serendipity, so you don’t know what people will make – Tim Berners-Lee


4.Confidence Quotes for success

  • “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” – Helen Keller
  • Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage, and confidence in the doing.- Theodore Roosevelt
  • One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.- Arthur Ashe
  • With the realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world. – Dalai Lama
  • Self-confidence is the memory of success. – David Storey
  • Confidence is preparation.  Everything else is beyond your control. – Richard Kline
  • It is confidence in our bodies, minds, and spirits that allows us to keep looking for new adventures — Oprah Winfrey

  • Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong — Peter T. Mcintyre

  • The most beautiful thing you can wear is confidence — Blake Lively

  • Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will – Suzy Kassem


  • There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living – Nelson Mandela
  • Success comes to those who dedicate everything to their passion in life. To be successful, it is also very important to be humble and never let fame or money travel to your head – A. R. Rahman
  • Without vision, even the most focused passion is a battery without a device – Ken Auletta
    Find your passion, set a goal, go to work, evaluate, reassess, and repeat – Elana Meyers
  • If you have passion, there is no need for excuses because your enthusiasm will trump any negative reasoning you might come up with. Enthusiasm makes excuses a nonissue – Wayne Dyer
  • Passion rebuilds the world for the youth. It makes all things alive and significant – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • As reason is a rebel to faith, so passion is a rebel to reason – Thomas Browne
    But life is long. And it is the long run that balances the short flare of interest and passion – Sylvia Plath
  • “Nothing is as important as passion. No matter what you want to do with your life, be passionate.” —Jon Bon Jovi
  • “Passion is the genesis of genius.” —Tony Robbins


6.Perseverance quotes for success


  • No one succeeds without effort… Those who succeed owe their success to perseverance – Ramana Maharshi
  • Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th – Julie Andrews
  • Perseverance and perspective until victory – Lincoln Diaz-Balart
  • In the realm of ideas, everything depends on enthusiasm… in the real world, all rests on perseverance. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Perseverance – a lowly virtue whereby mediocrity achieves an inglorious success – Ambrose Bierce
  • Perseverance is also key to success in any endeavor, but without perseverance in combat, there can be no victory – Jocko Willink
  • Everything that I’ve ever been able to accomplish in skating and in life has come out of adversity and perseverance – Scott Hamilton
  • The king knows with what ardor and perseverance I have at all times been devoted to the cause of liberty and to the principles of humanity, equality, and justice – Marquis de Lafeyette
  • Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little – Plutarch
  • Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do – Pele


7. Determination quotes for success

  • What does it take to be a champion? Desire, dedication, determination, concentration and the will to win – Patty Berg
  • The determination to win is the better part of winning – Daisaku Ikeda
  • Victory is the child of preparation and determination – Sean Hampton
  • You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction. – George Horace Lorimer
  • Determination becomes an obsession and then it becomes all that matters – Jeremy Irvine
  • Do not underestimate the determination of a quiet man – Iain Duncan Smith
  • Change is hard and requires constant struggle and determination – Sadiq Khan
  • A determined person will do more with a pen and paper than a lazy person will accomplish with a personal computer.  – Catherine Pulsifer 
  • A vow is fixed and unalterable determination to do a thing when such a determination is related to something noble which can only uplift the man who makes the resolve.–Mahatma Gandhi
  • Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s the determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal — a commitment to excellence — that will enable you to attain the success you seek. –  Mario Andretti

8. Discipline quotes for success

  • To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him – Buddha
  • It was the character that got us out of bed, the commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through – Zig Ziglar
  • It doesn’t matter whether you are pursuing success in business, sports, the arts, or life in general: The bridge between wishing and accomplishing is discipline. – Harvey Mackay
  • Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.   -Abraham Joshua Heschel
  • Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all. – George Washington
  • There is one thing that gets you out of bed in the morning, and that is discipline. Because your dreams and your goals are not there waking up for you in the morning – Jocko Willink
  • Discipline is just doing the same thing the right way whether anyone’s watching or not – Michael J. Fox
  • Even as you make progress, you need the discipline to keep from backtracking and sabotaging the success as it’s happening – Nipsey Hussle
  • The only discipline that lasts is self-discipline – Bum Phillips
  • Discipline strengthens the mind so that it becomes impervious to the corroding influence of fear.    – Bernard Law Montgomery

9.Decisiveness quotes for success

  • The one word that makes a good manager – decisiveness. – Lee Iacocca
  • The way to develop decisiveness is to start right where you are, with the very next question you face. -Napoleon Hill
  • “Decisiveness is often the art of timely cruelty.” – Henry Becque
  • “Direct threats require decisive  action”  – Dick Cheney
  • “Clarity and decisiveness come from the willingness to slow down, to listen and look at what’s happening.” – Pema Chodron
  • “Decisiveness is the number one quality of a dynamic leader: his ability to communicate a decision with passion and integrity is an art form.” – Farshad Asi
  • “Energy, confidence and decisiveness is 90% of the battle.” –  Craig Cackowski
  • “Your decisiveness is your determination. Your chase is your goal and your joy is your life.”  – Ruturaj Uttarwar
  • “Be decisive. A wrong decision is generally less disastrous than indecision.” Bernhard Langer 
  • “All the paths kneel before the decisive minds!”  – Mehmet Murat Ildan


  • The older I get, the more open-minded I get, the less judgmental I get – Gwyneth Paltrow
  • Without an open-minded mind, you can never be a great success – Martha Stewart
  • One of the best paradoxes of leadership is a leader’s need to be both stubborn and open-minded. A leader must insist on sticking to the vision and stay on course to the destination. But he must be open-minded during the process – Simon Sinek
  • Stay open-minded; stay focused. Train hard and train smart. For me, the older I get, the smarter I have to train also because the recovery time is longer. Work on everything: become a well-rounded fighter – don’t just be good at one thing; be good at everything – Brock Lesnar
  • I think when you’re young, you’re a lot more open-minded, and sometimes you’re a lot more perceptive about what’s going on in the world – Zendaya
  • You have to be open-minded, and you have to be critical, and you have to let go of your predispositions about what you’ve been told that doesn’t have foundations in evidence – Carl Hart
  • If you are open-minded and you let the universe come in, you never know where things might go – Adam Neumann
  • “It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view.” 
    ― George Eliot, MiddleMarch
  • “Let yourself be open and life will be easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable. A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed.” 
    ― Buddha
  • “Renewal requires opening yourself up to new ways of thinking and feeling” 
    ― Deborah Day

Overall, these quotes are applicable to any profession per se. Irrespective of your background, these quotes have valuable takeaways for every person. For example, perseverance and determination in the face of failure is the hallmark of any successful person. Challenges are an essential ingredient for growth and development. Hence, the best use of the quotes is by putting it into diligent practice.

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