The intelligent leader

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The intelligent leader
Chaitanya, Manager

No program/project manager likes to be clueless in team discussions, esp. technical ones. Here are some tried and tested views to help you be in control firmly.

One of my ideas for success at the helm of a project/program has always been to be "in the circle", or to be familiar with the lingo of the project/program and the technologies used (at least to a respectable degree). This not only helps you to follow what's really going on in all the meetings and discussions but also gives you an air of credibility and respect. No self-respecting team member likes to be led by a clueless manager, especially if the manager is adamant and refuses to learn the details of the project to a good degree.

Taking pains to learn the lingo and the terms & definitions unique to the project/program and technology used is a great way to communicate (without many words) how committed you are to the task of being a leader. It NEVER fails.

  • 1. Always have a small notepad and pen/pencil in handy. Whenever you come across a term you don't know, jot it down.
  • 2. At night, dig out the definitions and importance of all the terms you've collected through out the day. Google is extremely helpful here, and really is your best friend.
  • 3. As your clarity improves over time, you'll be much better at not just understanding what's going on in meetings but also at DRIVING the meetings AND team efforts in the right direction. This is because you'll gain a great clarity of the goal by now.

These practices have been tried and tested and are delightfully simple to implement. So, if you find yourself at the helm of a project/program in an unfamiliar domain, don't pity yourself too long. Just get out there, dig around, grow your confidence and sell your leadership skills both to your subordinates as well as your superiors. With smart work and no useless words.

Let me know if this helps any one of you.

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