work life
November 1, 2022

Effective leadership

As a senior manager, I miss the easy metrics of success that I had when I was a programmer or team lead. Back then all I had to ask myself was whether my project shipped on time and as planned. If so I had succeeded.

Today, when I try to evaluate success across my team, asking if they delivered their projects on time and as planned is not enough. I have to question many other more ambiguous topics:

All of these topics or goals have the common aspect of being hard to measure and having a long time span.


The ambiguity, and the long-time horizons (plus the habitual lack of feedback at senior levels), leave me constantly wondering how to measure my effectiveness.

This is where vision comes into play. When I need to find solid ground I refine the vision for my group and try to assess how everything and anything I do ladders up to that vision. If I have crafted a valid vision (and that’s easier to get feedback about), it is easier to evaluate effectiveness.

November 1, 2022 · #work life


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