One thing you learn from sitting on a (front office) desk, is that you need to make decisions, and move forwards. This decision process, leads to an interesting article titled “The Argument for ‘Benevolent Dictatorship’ in Decision-making”. Personally, I can relate to the seven tips in the article, as I am sure a few others (readers?) can ;) Tip 4 should possible be a rule ;) The last of the 7 tips probably should be though about in the context of “vision” – see earlier blog posting.
Micromanaging occurs when a leader chooses to make decisions for anyone and everyone within his or her influence
The Neal article also provides this food for thought:
Personal commitment is when you, personally, are charged with making a decision and then you are held accountable for the outcome of that decision.
As I was googling in an airport lounge, I came across a rather old article, A Leadership Guide for Building a Positive Corporate Culture In Times of Growth and Expansion. Of interest was the quote:
Aim for success, not perfection.
That simple sentence above, has a lot of bearing on the solutions software engineers deliver today due to in part, the lack of understanding a vision, and the understanding of decision making.
White Spaces also offers a read on benevolent dictators, What’s Wrong With Being a Benevolent Dictator? The take away from this article:
(Benevolent dictators) also show a readiness to act decisively even in desperate situations knowing the buck stops with them. This only works if a leader is respected. Respect doesn’t happen overnight but is built over time by proving personal capability and commitment. It doesn’t automatically come with a job title, nor should it.
Final thought before I get on another plane – The Benevolent Dictator: Empower Your Employees, Build Your Business, and Outwit the Competition. Not read the book myself yet, but it could be worth a read given the reviews.