Expresso Chapter 1.0

A session on Leadership Skills.

4 min readJul 29, 2020


By Madhav Gandhi

Ms. Tina Shah in Expresso Chapter 1.0

It was somewhere at the beginning of April where we came around with the idea of Expresso. The idea was to organize short and power-packed seminars by some of the most successful people in their fields and thus the name: Expressing Knowledge + Espresso Shots = Expresso; which simply meant successful people serving their knowledge to students like power-packed espresso shots. Interesting right?

But there was a problem. How to make it different from all the webinars already happening. So we decided that instead of the speakers speaking their mind, we take in questions from our audience as to what they actually want to know. And so we invited our first speaker for the segment, Ms. Tina Shah who spoke on “How to be an Entrepreneurial Leader?”

Tina Ma’am is a Motivational Speaker, Life, and Executive Coach, Writer, Business Consultant. She was raised in a very large super-achieving family in the United States and she has a degree in Business Management and Marketing. Her career has provided her with twenty-five years of experience in various fields. At a young age of 16, she started her customer service career. She learnt sales in the insurance industry, the hardest area of sales. She was a Project Manager at different firms, helping multi-million dollar companies to increase their sales and customer base. She has a plethora of knowledge in different business fields that allows her to be a dynamic trainer in the area of public relations, communication, organizational needs, individual interpersonal skills, sales, etc. Her background and role as a Life Coach and Motivational Speaker, allow her to teach her students life and success skills thru empathy, examples, motivation, love of learning, and self-growth. Her passion is to help people lead their best life and become the person they were meant to be. She helps people become dynamic individuals with essential skills in their personal and professional lives.

We got a great response with over 200 people attending the live session which was overwhelming as we had just executed this plan of ours for the first time. Tina Ma’am answered the most crucial and often neglected questions which are important for any person to develop the needed leadership skills. She talked about what are some core values that a leader should have. And these insights helped the students understand themselves more and also learn which all aspects they had to work upon. She suggested tons of amazing books that are all there on our Instagram account and Drive.

There’s only one YOU. People might do some things as you do. But no one can do exactly what you do the way you do it. YOU’RE UNIQUE. — Miss Tina Shah

Tina Ma’am shared deep insights on the various aspects of personality to develop and master to become a great leader, some of which we have concisely mentioned below:

  • Believe in yourself first.
  • Assume nobody else believes in you. That’s the best way to shoo away naysayers.
  • Be the risk-taker. Be fearless. Be the first one to take the leap of faith.
  • Play the blame game. How? People will blame you. You have to accept it.
  • Don’t make excuses. You will fail. But you have to learn from them and work on the mistakes rather than make excuses.
  • You’re going to have to get your hands dirty with the hustle. You can’t get a tree without planting the sapling and working with the manure.
  • You’ll have to learn to differentiate between reality and expectations.
  • Build relationships, not contact lists.
  • Build a team that surpasses you, outgrows you, trusts you, wants you to win.
  • The most important… Business is not a competition. You want to be the person who helps others grow.

She also talked on how to deal with your fears? How to start off on a business plan? How to be the best leader out there and so much more. We will recommend you to watch the entire session linked below! We hope you found this article useful.

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” - Steve Jobs

At last, we would like to thank all officials, teachers, staff, members, and Ms. Tina Shah for making this possible.

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