On Leadership

When I meet startups, I often see great leaders with innovative ideas. But what are the key characteristics of a leader? Sun has recently posted a great video “On Leadership” by Ivan Sutherland. A few take away's from his leadership wisdom.
  • If your heart is in the work, you have a chance of becoming a leader. As a leader, you have to do things right by setting an example for others follow. Be always on time, work hard, have good work ethics.

  • Key characteristics of a project – deliver your project on time, on budget, and feature full – in the respective order of importance. In other word, if a project cannot be delivered fully for whatever reasons, it is still important that it is delivered on time even though with fewer features.

  • Leadership and Management are two different things. Management refers to making sure projects are delivered as expected and there are no surprises. Leadership is the ability to get people to follow you and influence people. The enthusiasm and energy that you bring to your team reflect its productivity and morale. Just like a conductor, who's picking first violin and arranges people in an orchestra, a leader chooses the key people and chooses the right things to do. To lead people you need to know the people that you lead very well.

  • Listen for yourself from this video http://research.sun.com/ On Leadership Ivan Sutherland, also on YouTube

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Marina Fisher is a member of Oracle ISV Engineering team, posting blogs around industries, technologies, and applications she is working with.

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