A recent friend and co-worker made a tough decision to leave the project and take on a leadership role at a startup. He was very strong technically and a good leader – a rare combination. I thought about the challenges he’ll be facing as he starts to build his new team from scratch and it reminded me of when I had to do the same.
I keep this list in my notebook as a reminder to me of what I try to aspire to.
Best of luck Jim!
- Encourages a participative approach to work, fostering cooperation, pride, dialogue and trust.
- Creates strong spirit and morale.
- Let’s people finish and be responsible for their work.
- Defines success in terms of the whole team and creates a feeling of belonging among team members.
- Works well with others to achieve team goals.
- Consistently places team priorities above personal priorities.
- Consistently completes all assigned projects within budget and gains approval if project will exceed budget.
- Allocates resources in the most productive and efficient way possible.
- Minimizes rework.
- Provides ongoing guidance and positive reinforcement to improve performance.
- Provides challenging tasks and assignments and will work with people who need improvement.
- Consistently evaluates, provides feedback and develops employees to their next level of performance.
- Shares and/or delegates power and authority with staff.
- Shares rewards with staff.
- Provides corrective and/or progressive disciplinary actions to modify/improve inappropriate behavior or performance.
- Ensures staff are properly selected, used, appraised and developed, and treated fairly.
- Effective at managing a diverse workforce.
- Presents ideas and information both verbally and in writing in a clear, concise manner.
- Shares the information people need to know to be successful.
- Informs others on a timely basis.
- Consistently shows a great deal of understanding, courtesy, tact, empathy, and concern when addressing others.
- Demonstrates very effective listening, questioning and interpersonal skills.
- Follows direction.
- Maintains an excellent record of punctuality and plans absences in advance.
- Keeps promises and commitments.
- Consistently completes projects accurately and on time and is very thorough when performing work and is conscientious about attending to details.
- Inspires, motivates, guides others toward goals.
- Coaches, mentors and challenges staff and adapts leadership style to various situations.
- Consistently demonstrates decisiveness in day-to-day actions.
- Takes unpopular positions when necessary.
- Faces adversity head on.
- Actively and effectively contributes on a consistent basis to drive technology strategy and indirectly drive overall corporate strategy.
- Has broad knowledge and perspective on the strategic issues facing the company.
- Can anticipate future consequences and trends accurately and creates improvement strategies and plans.
- Consistently makes sound, well-informed decisions.
- Clearly understands the impact and implications of decisions.
- Anticipates and adjusts for potential problems or opportunities.
- Implements or utilizes strategic plans on a day-to-day basis.
- Organizes work, sets priorities, determines resource requirements.
- Determines short- or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them.
- Coordinates with other parts of the company.
- Monitors progress and evaluates outcomes.
- Ability to recognize which tasks are more important at each moment and to distinguish between urgency and importance.
- Allocates attention, energy and time effectively to avoid getting into crisis or trouble.
- Consistently avoids last minute efforts and scrambling – works smarter not harder.