Indirect sudden leader
when a team is working together without a leader or manager, there’s a
little mess. Even if no one was assigned to be the leader, we will find
is, after a while, someone starts becoming the person with the big
picture. This person starts organizing people, dividing up tasks, even
if he doesn’t have official authority. They sort of fill that role and
people give them that authority. It has to be done. This could result in
conflicts, but usually nothing bad happens.
The difference between a manager and a leader.
Nowadays, an example of manager is like an old and busted van and a leader
is the new hotness. In a manufacturer way or assembly line, a manager
is necessary to keep people calmed down and to tell them what to do and
how to do it right. You can be a manager if you are managing normal
people requiring any sort of thought (like in an assembly line), but
with software engineering, that requires creativity and knowledge, you
need to have a leadership attitude.
Characteristics of a manager stereotype:
They have no technical ability.
They got no respect.
They ignore any past accomplishments from the employees.
They hire like zoo keepers.
often get scared by the idea of being a manager. They think they will
be promoted to a position beyond of their capabilities. A classic
example is a software engineer who is an amazing programmer and he keeps
getting promoted because of that. And at some point, he stop being the
world’s best programmer and becomes the world’s worst manager. He feel
less productive being a manager than being a programmer.
What is an engineering “leader”?
leader is not a general or someone who barks orders to people. A real
leader is someone who servers the team. He have to remove obstacles for
his team, he give advice and guideness when needed. He have to be an
element of trust there. He is a technical and social part of the team. Leadership is not a waste of time. It’s a very important role.
Be everybody’s friend.
You can lunch with them to keep in touch, but you can’t give them full
trust. You have to be in a position to give orders when needed or even
Treat employees as children.
If you put bars on the windows and metal doors, the will file like
animals in a zoo, but if you treat them like children then they will act
Micromanage. Observing closely and try to control the work of his/her subordinates is a negative pattern.
Hire pushovers. They do everything you want but it makes you work harder and harder.
Compromise when hiring. Hire intelligently and aim directly to the people you want to hire.
Ignore low performers.
If you take an attitude like “Okay, he’ll get better. I’ll ignore him
for a while”, he won’t. You will finish thinking how to get rid of this
Ignore human problems. You need some empathy to keep the social wheels greased.
Be honest. If you don’t know how to do something, go ahead and ask for some help.
Constructive. People prefer a constructive, pacific feedback more than a hurting, destructive one.
Be a wise Zen master. If you have an opinion, just say it. If you can calm them down and emotionally get focused to them, it’s a huge value.
Lose the ego. Don’t be egotistical.
Trust your team. They should know more than you. If they tell you that something is impossible, listen, because they know more than you.
Appreciate inquiry. Accept feedback from your team.
Apologize. If you know that you messed it up, don’t be the last people who apologizes. It’s part of being human.
Humility is not the same as doormat. You can still have self-confidence and good opinions.
Get your hands dirty. Occasionally help your team the most you can.
Making waves. If your team is having a big trouble, just “cannonball into the pool” and make some waves to give them encouragement.
Shield your team. Try to keep them off from the company troubles and politic discussions.
Succeed and fail as a team.
When somebody messes up, they know. The team knows, you know and the
person knows. You don’t need to publically humiliate or shame somebody.
You talk about it and criticize in private.
Be a teacher or mentor. Try to help your people do the things right, but don’t do all of it directly by yourself.
Track happiness and careers. Make
some good jokes, ask them if they’re happy. Ask them what do they need
from you, what do they want you to do. You will keep the nice
Intrinsic and extrinsic motivations.
motivations are money and, for example, employee of the month. But the
useful one is the intrinsic motivation. It means that you have to
motivate people from inside, it’s making them to actually care about
what they do and making them feel part of the team.
There are three main intrinsic motivations:
Trust people to work the way that they work faster. This means to
sometimes letting people work from home or work with the people they
Mastery. Giving people the opportunity to learn and grow.
Purpose. Let them work on something they care about. Let them have an opinion.