Posted by: Jeff Timmins | November 3, 2010

Elements of RM – Leadership Part 2

More on Leadership in the Elements of RM series:

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Leadership in Baseball – Might sound funny but I think we can learn from Leadership challenges in Baseball.  Seattle radio personality Mike Salk wrote an entry on the topic titled Leadership on the U.S.S. Mariner Blog (a daily read if you are a Mariner fan).  There he talks about three different types of leaders – Quiet (by example), Vocal in meetings and Vocal behind the scenes.  (I fit more into the behind the scenes type, probably because of the value I place in mentoring.)  I liked his thoughts regarding Baseball Leadership being different from any other sport due to the typical slumps in a long season (i.e. if you perform poorly then who will listen to you?).  I think a typical Technology job is also a long season and during that season we make mistakes once in awhile.  Failures, just like successes, can lead to great teaching material.

Issues with Delegation – SQLAndy (don’t know his full name) talks about Delegating on his Blog, although he could have titled it “Reasons managers hesitate to delegate.”  Andy details the typical reasons why new managers lack the art of delegation – “I’m comfortable doing it myself” and “I don’t trust the people working for me to get it done.”  Tackling more challenging problem, he digs into ways of building trust between the manager and the worker.  What I like is that Andy provides great steps at solving this problem and puts most of the work where it should be – on the manager.

Keeping it Simple – in AtTask’s blog about all things Project Management, Ty Kiisel writes on The KISS Principle and Project-Based Work.  In his entry he includes the intro to Colin Powell’s 14th rule of effective leadership, which is a quote from Michael Korda

“Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through an argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand.”

and then relates that to Project Leaders.  It is a short entry so I’ll let you enjoy the rest on your own.  Needless to say, excellent thoughts on keeping it simple. 

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Past entries on Leadership:

  • Elements of RM – Leadership Part 1
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