3 Things I learned from Molly Ashby

Molly Ashby (right) and me in New York. Photo taken May 2016

Today, I want to share a leadership lessons from Molly Ashby; the CEO and Chairman of Solera Capital, a private equity firm in New York. Molly is one of Fortune Most Powerful Women and I had the unique privilege of understudying her earlier this year. Here are the top nuggets of wisdom I gleaned from Molly:

1. Make sure everything you do is aligned with your core values. Business that looks lucrative but doesn’t align with the type of person you aspire to be, isn’t worth it in the long run.

2. Even if you run a nonprofit, you must apply sound business principles to your operation. The better your numbers, the more good you can do in the world.

3. Courage is the most important asset any leader must have. Sometimes it’s the courage to wake up in the morning and go try again after successive failures. Sometimes it’s the courage to admit that you were on a wrong course and change direction. And most of the time it’s the courage to keep keeping on when nobody else sees what you see.