In our latest leadership interview, learn about Nick Rojas, a business consultant, who was born in California, loves traveling and sharing his knowledge with others. Read on to find out more about how he deals with obstacles and keeps up with his productivity.

Thanks for doing this interview! Could you tell us a bit about yourself and how you got to where you are today – where you’re from, your educational and/or work background?

I was born in California a long time ago. And I was raised in a loving family along with two siblings. My Dad worked in the insurance industry for a while and my Mom was a school librarian. She was a big influence on my love for reading and learning.

I love to travel and read business books and novels. I am a married man now with beautiful children. My work as a Business Consultant allows me to see the world and gives me the freedom to write and enjoy life.

What made you interested in leadership?

Having the opportunity to see the world while I travel has shown me that great thinking comes from positive people who want to guide others to be better and well educated human beings every day. I like to share my knowledge with others that can benefit from my experiences and help them feel empowered and enlightened.

How do you keep people motivated despite obstacles or setbacks?

Life will always have its ups and downs. We just need to learn how to cope with those situations and always try to see the positive side so we can see a light at the end of the tunnel. This mindset will take us places.

Which mistake do you believe leaders make most often, and how could they avoid it?

When leaders expect others to deliver, it is equally important to be prepared to provide feedback. This simple step in the process keeps people engaged and motivated.

What do you believe is a quality that a leader should try to eliminate from their team?

If it is a quality, why would you want to eliminate? I would prefer to say eliminating a flaw such as envy of others to succeed can help a team go far and achieve common goals.

Is there a particular well-known leader or company that you find inspiring? If so, why?

Jesus Christ. He still moves masses and people see his life story as an example to follow.

Are there any specific apps, tools or software that you use for productivity/communication?

I try to keep my schedule organized via Google Calendar and utilize the Google Drive app for most of my work.

How do you resolve conflict within your team?

It is hard to manage individuals but it is harder to avoid the fact that conflict exists. The approach I believe works for most teams is having a dialogue, listening to both sides and making sure we compromise to work towards the same common goals.

There may be some tension but this should not change the fact that we are working as a team.

What advice would you give to upcoming leaders?

Your real job as a leader is not to run the business yourself but to build a team of talented people that can strive with you and learn from you.

Do you have any particular hobbies or interests?

I love to read and travel.

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Nick Rojas is a self-taught, serial entrepreneur who’s enjoyed success working with and consulting for startups. Using his journalism training, Nick writes for publications such as Entrepreneur, TechCrunch, and Yahoo. He concentrates on teaching small and medium-sized enterprises how best to manage their social media marketing and define their branding objectives.