Just found an interesting perspective in “Computerworld” (Oct. 9, 2006,
P. 52) article by John E. West that relates nicely to the application in our
technical skills in many areas of employment– for those just starting out,
in mid-career, or more mature. The article is titled, “Leading from Day
One– Don’t wait to develop crucial leadership skills. Start today.”
The article has a nice impactful style. It provides text on what
could be done. In a small highlighted box, it gives “watch-outs,”
that are maistakes to avoid.
In the work-world stressing underscoring team work and not “going
it alone,” he points out how one can develop and demonstrate five
leadership best practices.
1. See, understand and work, understanding the big(ger) picture.
Try to prioritize the work you do, so that it fits into the picture at least
two levels up from you.
2. Understand what could be better today.
Do the thinking, develop the “eyes wide open” awareness and learn
appropriate timing tactics when to propose, introduce or provide
feedback. In other words, don’t just blurt it out.
3. Assume responsibility for actions and learn from the hard lessons
of “owned-up-to” mistakes.
4. Recognize others’ efforts as part of your daily interpersonal activities.
5. Act as a mentor to share your know-how, assist others to do well
and learn in a continuous improvement model.
The article is abstracted from a book by John E. West, The Only
Trait of a Leader;
See also: http://www.onlytraitofaleader.com/ .