TL;DR: What leadership is and what it’s not. The good and the bad.

TL;DR

Strong leadership is the greatest single factor in a team’s performance.

Being a good leader might not come with an official position, but it comes with responsibility for everything within the team. It means leading down and helping others, but also leading up and supporting their boss. A leader’s role is to provide direction and intent, fight battles nobody is even aware of and lead the change. Be the example everybody wants to follow, and not because they have to… That’s how good leadership looks like.

Lousy leadership in a gist.

Giving orders.

Holding all the power.

Comfy position and good salary.

Summary

Good leadership and what it means

The leader is truly and ultimately responsible for everything.

On the other side of the spectrum, we have these unusual people who don’t always have fancy titles, but they know what they’re doing. We can always count on them and challenge their decisions. If we ask questions, it means their message wasn’t clear enough, and it’s their job to fix it. They lead by example, and we follow their lead. We’ve got each other’s backs and we truly work as one team.

Supporting the team.

Taking full ownership and responsibility.

Leading up & down.

Asking questions and seeking for feedback.

Providing direction, not orders.

Building trust and space for honesty.

Summary

Read more about what good leadership is in my other post…

Strong leadership is the greatest single factor in a team’s performance.

I am a London-based software engineering consultant and change-maker who helps companies solve genuine challenges and remove limitations. From guiding how a healthy organisation looks like, including the best structure, attitude and culture, to find the right balance between creative freedom, processes and true passion amongst teams. The #oneteam culture is at the core of everything I do and everything an organisation should strive for to succeed.

I help individuals to become better leaders and professionals. I’m coaching and mentoring software engineers and teams to help them reach their goals and prepare for the future unknown. I went through this journey myself, and I understand how hard it is to let go of who we are to become who we want to be.

Highly accomplished and results-oriented professional with background in leadership, software engineering, automotive, photography and design.