Know what you stand for

A couple weeks ago, I had a great conversation with my mentor about leadership.  She is the SVP of a star company that has been around for over a decade now.  She told me, as a leader, you got to have all the fundamental stuff, such as listening skills.  But, to be a great leader, you have know what you stand for, and you cannot shy away from making it very clear to everybody.

It may sound pretty standard, but it’s actually quite hard to do.  For example, are you able to do what Steve Jobs did about Flash vs. HTML5?  He made it very clear that he is for HTML5, and he puts his words into actions by being an advocate himself and by blocking Flash-related stuff from the iPad/iPhone/iPod.

When you hear people disagreeing / agreeing with you, you’ll know that you have made yourself clear.


About Daniel Chu
“Success is to drive and continually shape the excellence in you and around you” – Daniel Chu Born in January 1st 1983 in Taipei Taiwan, Daniel Che Yi Chu moved to Ontario Canada by himself at the age of 14, seeking for better education. In 2007, Daniel obtained his Honor Bachelor of Science (with distinction) in Computer Science (Software Engineering) from the University of Toronto, St. George campus. Currently an IT Project Manager at TELUS, Daniel is leading teams with up to 15 members and managing budgets between $100K-$800K, facilitating a $900M deal with the Quebec government ( Since graduation, Daniel joined TELUS’s Leadership Development Program (, which gave him an opportunity to explore different professional roles, such as a Business Analyst, Developer, IT Project Manager, Human Resources Project Manager, and Strategic Advisor. Continued to grow, Daniel joined Toastmasters in 2008, and obtained both the Competent Leader and Competent Communicator designation in 2009. Also in 2009, Daniel was nominated and elected President of his Toastmasters Club ( Daniel is a committed Christian who is also a committed volunteer at Big Brothers and the Crisis Center. He helps the Crisis Center deliver suicide prevention workshops at Vancouver’s high schools. Daniel enjoys various activities, such as swimming, playing basketball, and bowling. He also enjoys reading and writing.

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