Leadership awareness

Why is “leadership awareness” crucial if you are serious about building your career?

The world is full of followers. Leaders visualize and followers carry out tasks based on what leaders visualize. 

That’s how the world works.

If you develop awareness about the leadership of yourself and the people around you, you will navigate to your career success swiftly. 

You develop leadership awareness by understanding the different forms of leadership, their impact on people, and practice gives you the most power!

You will note that the #1 misconception about leadership is this: if you are “given” a position, you are a leader.

Here is the truth: you become a leader by the impact you create, not by the position you hold!

Of course, the position may give you some kickstart but it is a game of wrong expectation because many people, especially in 3rd world countries, perceive, that the person holding a top position, “Sir,” or “Madam,” have answers to all their questions.

It is never the case. We all learn continuously. Having an answer does not make you a leader. Taking unconditional responsibility for the outcomes of people who work to make your vision a reality does.

Your position may be the BS; your impact is never! Have a look at the below Sketchnote to quickly grab the concept visually.


PS: John C. Maxwell popularized the concept of the 5 levels of leadership via his work. I read it in “Developing the Leader Within You.” book years back. Read about his views here: 5 Levels of Leadership.

₹ 500 Validation

How to validate if your micro-SaaS App is launch-able?

Perform what I call the “500 ₹” Validation!

500 ₹ = $7.99.

Ask yourself this, “Will I willingly pay 7.99$ every month to continue using this app?”

If yes, great. Work further to launch the App.
If not, cool! You are far from the version 1.0 launch. Go, fix it in the next sprint.

No matter how small your App is, before launching it, you need to take care of a million different things: usability, functionality, competitiveness, cost to value ratio, relevance to the TG’s needs …

When an app idea pops out from the Engineering R&D team’s desk, it often lacks the obvious bells & whistles necessary to be a launch-able version.

And many App Developers push the functional apps that are difficult to use to the App Stores.

Usability is underrated. Lousy usability is an “exit trigger.” Don’t give your users a chance to stop using your App.

Every technical team needs a role that owns and eliminates the exit triggers.

This role acts as a Thought Leader and questions as many assumptions as they can.

Many different professionals can play this role: Product Owner, Developer, QA, Analyst … Product Manager, Director of Marketing, to name a few.

Who plays this role matters less. The role is played deliberately … that matters more.

For every professional, regardless of experience or expertise, this role is a way to grow their career.

Because this role is never assigned, it is assumed. It is a leadership role.

When this role is assumed, there are fewer chances for the users to stop using your App.

In SaaS, look for exit triggers. And work to eliminate them.

Because otherwise, the users will eliminate your App!