Digital marketing is as important as ever for any business looking to grow these days. Arshad Madhani is one of the best in the business, working both individually and with other businesses to help them reach goals. He recently sat down with us to chat about finding success at a young age and answered a few questions he hears a lot to give readers a better insight on what he thinks makes for good, young leaders.
Tell us a little bit about your work and how you’ve achieved such success at a young age?
Well, I guess to start with, my name is Arshad Madhani, and I officially label myself as a digital marketer and consultant. I really got into it while in college, graduating with a MBA from Texas A&M International University. I was coming up around the same time that digital marketing took off. Since I had a passion for it, I was having fun and staying motivated even when I was fresh out of school.
Do you see yourself as a mentor for other young leaders?
I never really thought that way, although I’ve received that label from others. In an article with Young Upstarts, I shared the importance of finding a great mentor and I continue to believe in mentoring others. I know that people helped me along the way and I considered them to be mentors, so it is more of just continuing to pay it forward.
What is one piece of advice you received from a mentor?
Education never stops. Digital marketing is evolving all the time, and if I was to apply what I learned even five years ago now, I wouldn’t have much success at all.
What are some traits that you think make you a great leader?
I think preparation is huge with any type of business. Since digital marketing is intriguing to me, I’m always doing research and work before I even take on a new project. Some might look at it as a bit excessive, but it’s probably the best way I lead. The whole “lead by example” way of life, if you will.
What are some other young leaders you admire?
Obviously being in the digital marketing space, I’ve always been a fan of Mark Zuckerberg from Facebook and his journey to the top. It has never been an easy road. He constantly encounters obstacles, but continues to persevere. I’m also a fan of Sean McVay, the head coach of the NFL Team, the Los Angeles Rams. I know this isn’t tech related, but it’s amazing to see how much he has accomplished in coaching at 32 years old.
Times are changing and roles that were traditionally held by older men and women are now being held by younger generations, giving a youthful spirit to these fields.
What other tips do you have for young leaders?
The two tips I tend to give out the most to anyone looking to be a better leader are straightforward, but important. The first is to communicate. A leader can be doing a million things at once, but communication is essential with others. Leaders can stay on track and be more productive. Often being younger, you can feel your voice doesn’t matter, but it does. Don’t be afraid to communicate!
The other tip is to do whatever possible to motivate others. Leaders are really only going to be successful if the supporting cast is living up to expectations. Motivation goes a long way, and can inspire a few people to be better leaders themselves down the road. That’s how the whole cycle really begins.
How can people keep up with you or contact you for additional tips?
The best way to follow me is to check out my website, Facebook, Twitter, or Medium Blog. I am active on all three. I am more than willing to answer questions, just make sure to give me a day or two in case I’m particularly busy.