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Learnings from Catherine Popper: Leadership Workshop

Leadership: messy, dynamic, ever-changing, hard. Yet when done right, the difference between success and failure in any startup. Catherine Popper, angel investor at Launchpad Venture Group, stressed the importance of recognizing leadership as a skill that must be constantly honed and refined by all members of a startup team, and not just checked off as a one-time item on the CEO’s to-do list.

 

Some of Catherine’s tips on key leadership practices are as follows:

 
Entrepreneurs are leaders by definition and shouldn’t lose sight of that as co-founders fall into narrower roles on their startup teams. As Catherine stated, you don’t need to be the leader to be leader, and constantly taking the initiative to lead certain projects or agendas will go a long way in furthering both your team and yourself.

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