Leadership Lessons from Dropbox

Recently read this New York Times interview with Drew Houston, founder of Dropbox. Related to this answer so much.

What were some early leadership lessons after starting Dropbox?

The first thing is having a healthy paranoia for trying to find out what you don’t know that you don’t know. The question I would ask myself — even in the beginning, and I still do today — is, six months from now, 12 months from now, five years from now, what will I wish I had been doing today or learning today?

Reading has been essential. I have always wondered why people put so much energy into trying to have coffee with some famous entrepreneur when reading a book is like getting many hours of their most crystallized thoughts.

-Drew Houston of Dropbox

This answer covers 2 things – healthy paranoia that you aren’t learning enough and how important reading is to development. Houston’s answer reminds me of a chapter from one of my favorite books this year, H3 Leadership by Brad Lomenick. He says,

Whenever people tell me, “I don’t read,” I want to respond with, “Then you can’t lead.” Leaders are readers. It is just that simple.

On that note, I’ve just started my 19th book of this year.

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