The other day, a journalist asked me who my role models are – the people that are a constant inspiration and who influence the way I work. As I thought about my answer, the journalist offered up the likes of Warren Buffet, Bill Gates and Elon Musk as possible candidates. They’re clearly impressive and have achieved plenty, but I don’t feel like they have a profound effect on what I do.
The truth is I’ve never really given much thought to who my role models or idols are. Maybe I would have done if I had spent more time reading books on famous leaders in the world of business, but my dyslexia has stopped me from doing so. It feels like something of a confession to say this as a businessman, but I just don’t like reading.
That might explain why I’m so drawn to people. As Richard Branson, who also has dyslexia, recently explained: “If you have a learning disability, you also become a very good delegator. You know what your weaknesses are and you know what your strengths are, and you make sure you find great people to step in and deal with your weaknesses.”
My answer to the journalist was an obvious one in the end: