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Leadership as a Craft (Arvind KC)

  • Episode #44

Internal transformation is the key to success as a leader, says Arvind KC. He also shares his philosophy on self-management; balancing directness with kindness; applying an engineering mindset to leading people; and “love, service, and mastery.”

Welcome to To Lead Is Human. Envision how you can uplevel your leadership and shape cultures of accountability, respect, and candor.

Arvind KC is the Chief People and Systems Officer at Roblox.

“I realized that the path to leadership is a very deliberate path, just like the path to learning any technology is. And you have to think of it as a craft that you learn constantly.”

— Arvind KC

As the Chief People and Systems Officer of Roblox, Arvind KC leads the internal organization chartered with evolving the Roblox’s processes, systems, experiences, and culture so that its people and teams flourish, grow, and reach their highest potential.

KC has more than 25 years of executive leadership experience focused on leading internal product development teams. The first half of his career was focused on building supply chain systems in semiconductor companies. At Facebook, he went deep in understanding what enables exceptional performance in organizations and teams and how technology can accelerate it. Then as CIO and head of People Ops at Palantir and most recently as the VP of Engineering at Google, his teams built products that shape culture and people processes.

KC holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, and holds an MBA from Santa Clara University.

For more than 30 years, Sharon Richmond has partnered with C-level executives from mid-size and small, fast-growing companies who want to up-level their leadership and build companies they are proud of. Clients accelerate their leadership by embracing mindset and behavior changes, building self-awareness and self-management skills, and focusing on the three things all leaders must ensure: focus, energy and delivery.

Sharon’s purpose as an executive coach is to help leaders 10X their impact by leveraging the power afforded by their roles to build organizations that are forces for good, both economically and socially. She also advises CEOs on shaping organization culture and leading change.

Sharon has taught leadership at Stanford GSB, where she now helps leaders increase influence, manage conflict, and prepare to build high-performing teams.

To see a list of Sharon’s clients, please visit

Resources or websites mentioned in this episode:
Sharon’s website:
KC’s LinkedIn:
KC’s blog, “KC Musings”:

Host: Sharon Richmond
Producer: Cynthia Lamb
Assembled by: Andrew Chapman
Audio Editor: Marvin del Rosario
Executive Producer: Danny Iny
Music Soundscape: Chad Michael Snavely
Making our hosts sound great: Home Brew Audio

Music credits:
Track Title: Escaping Light
Artist: Aaron Sprinkle
Writer: Aaron Sprinkle

Track Title: Bright Future
Artist: Be Still The Earth
Writer: Marshall Usinger

Special effects credits:

24990513_birds-chirping_by_promission used with permission of the author and under license by AudioJungle/Envato Market.

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To Lead Is Human

Every business leader has a huge impact on their organization. In this podcast, Sharon Richmond interviews successful leaders who have turned personal growth into tangible business outcomes. They discuss overcoming challenges, lessons learned and what helps them make a positive impact in their organization. Sharon offers insight and advice to help listeners envision how they can supercharge their own leadership by blending the art and science of leading with intention.