Jamie White is an Irish entrepreneur, currently working on Leading Social, a social media marketing agency together with a number of events. Prior to this he built and successfully sold a number of businesses, namely College Times & Teen Times. He is passionate about start up business, social media & entrepreneurship and regularly shares his thoughts and ideas through social media.
Check out www.jamiewhite.com for more info.
Can leadership be taught? If so, how?
Absolutely, leadership is learned through experience. So practice makes perfect, put yourself out there and give yourself the opportunity to learn.
If you had to leave your organisation for 1 year what would you ask of your team and what advice would you give them?
I’d ask my team to do themselves proud, to focus on the little things, as its the little things that ultimately deliver the big things.
What are you doing today to make sure your organisation will be relevant in 10 years time?
Genuinely the market is moving so fast that I don’t think anyone really knows where we’ll be in ten years time. So I just try to improve in whatever it is that I’m doing by one percent daily, with that, the results ultimately compound and so wherever I’ll be, by improving one percent daily, I know things will be positive.
What leaders outside your own organisation do you admire and why?
I’m a big fan of Gary V, I just think his passion, energy and openness to share his wisdom and experience is absolutely inspiring. Similarly then, guys like Anthony Robbins, Tim Ferris, Simon Sinek are so interesting and well worth following.
If you could wind back the clock to when you were starting your career what advice would you give yourself?
I’d tell myself to slow down and enjoy the journey. I’d urge myself to be conscious that I don’t know everything and nor is it expected that I do, I’d tell myself that its okay to ask more questions. I’d stress, ask more questions and then listen more. Learn to really listen.
What are a few resources (books, blogs, podcasts, courses etc) you would recommend to someone looking to gain insight into becoming a better leader?
YouTube is such an outstanding resource, you could search your way through leadership notes, interviews and guides and still only be scratching the surface. With the mass of content on YouTube, the content can be so specific and for that reason I love it.