This is the Leadership Journey series on the Choosing Leadership Podcast.
I believe we all have a lot to learn from each other’s stories – of where we started, where we are now, and our successes and struggles on the way. With this series of interviews, my attempt is to give leaders an opportunity to share their stories and for all of us to learn from their generous sharing. If you know a leader whom you would like to see celebrated on the show, please send me a message on LinkedIn with their name.
Join us for an inspiring conversation with Afraaz Masters, a seasoned entrepreneur, empathetic problem solver, and visionary leader.
With a rich background spanning both the Indian and US startup ecosystems, he shares invaluable insights into his journey of growth, transformation, and impactful problem-solving.
Discover how Afraaz transitioned from accidental entry into the startup world to becoming a driving force behind meaningful ventures like Rudderly, aiding thousands in career transitions, and Love Local, empowering local businesses against industry giants.
Uncover his personal approach to handling the emotional rollercoaster of entrepreneurship, and learn how he’s pioneered a revolutionary “Life Board” framework to conquer challenges and keep focused on goals.
Tune in to gain unique insights into Afraaz’s leadership style, from leading by example to striking the balance between short-term tactics and long-term vision.
You can find Afraaz at the below links
In the interview, Afraaz shares
- “I categorize myself as an empathetic problem solver. My superpower is identifying problems naturally and figuring out solutions to help address those.”
- “My journey through the startup ecosystem has been a roller coaster of emotional swings, from the highs of success to the challenges of building impactful businesses.”
- “Empathy and problem-solving are key to my leadership style. Leading by example and balancing short-term needs with long-term vision are facets that separate me from others.”
- “In the startup world, managing the emotional roller coaster is crucial. Not letting your highs be too high and your lows be too low is essential for sustained progress.”
- “Creating the ‘Life Board’ framework on Miro has helped me navigate the ups and downs of entrepreneurship. It keeps me focused on goals and separates fact from fiction during tough times.”
- “One of the most important skills I wish I had is the ability to learn like a superhuman. Rapid and effective learning is crucial in today’s ever-evolving landscape.”
- “Practicing skills in real-life situations, rather than just mock settings, is vital for effective learning and skill development.”
- “Addressing emotions like guilt and frustration is essential for growth. Learning to listen to these emotions and seeking professional help can break down emotional blocks.”
- “Working closely with mission-driven founders and unicorn companies has been a defining aspect of my career. Learning from their mindsets and experiences has been invaluable.”
- “Gratitude fills me for the opportunity to work alongside impactful people. Being part of the startup world has exposed me to unique experiences that have shaped my journey.”