Many congratulation to Ben Tyson on his 10th anniversary at Born Social. I loved his post (below) and as I read it I spotted a few clues as to why this young man (young for a CEO) has become such an outstanding leader and why he has had such an impact on Born Social.
I think these clues are worthwhile sharing for all other leaders, here’s what I spotted:
- It’s occurred to him to post about this. But it’s not a humble brag – it’s a thank you note. He immediately calls out his phenomenal leadership team.
- He doesn’t claim the credit. Not only does he call out the LT, he tells us that he joined them to start something.
- It’s all about people. He joined for the talent. Right off the bat, he credits the team as the reason he joined, not the job.
- He’s modest (genuinely). He loved the work and was only reasonably good at it. And this is true – Ben has surrounded himself with experts.
- This guy can spot talent. He pulled together a team of motivated, talented, collaborative souls who together accelerated the business.
- He learns from his decisions, even when the outcome was positive. He DID hire incredible people but still feels the need to reflect on those hires and his motivations.
- He enabled his LT. He didn’t stand at the front and lead – he helped this team hone their talents.
- He’s authentic. And you can see that in the way he describes the team – a mirror of himself: empathetic, talented, modest.
- He has a plan and he executes it. Ben concluded right at the start that you hire for the long game. That’s a great plan.
- Ben’s not done. He’s still reflecting on what has worked and what hasn’t and planning for more success. He’s leading.
- He’s has wit and wisdom. Along with all the wisdom, you can see the self-effacing humour in the photo he chose.
So, huge congratulations on your 10th anniversary Ben. It was a privilege to share a tiny part of your journey. And thank you for the inspiration – hopefully it will inspire lots of others too.