The Hard Thing About Hard Things

In The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers, Ben Horowitz, outlines what it takes to be a solid leader:

  • Know what the organization needs and get the team to execute
  • Be honest and communicate the plan when there are problems
  • Train and care for your people
  • Realize in leadership; there are pressures and responsibilities
  • If firings are needed, be fast and fair
  • If there’s an executive who needs to go, the CEO should take responsibility for the hiring mistake and ensure continuity
  • Hire for strengths, mitigate weaknesses
  • Create an environment of engagement
  • Remove politics