Weekend Reading: Becoming The Leader You Aspire To Be [Re-Blog]

Congrats to our VP of Engineering, Adam Christian! His Velocity Conference presentation, "The Black Magic of Leadership," was featured on the Slideshare blog as one of three best leadership decks.  Check out the original post and presentations here or below.
Some of the world’s most renowned business executives and political leaders — including IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush — came together at The Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council this week to discuss their priorities that will shape 2015. Talk about a room full of power! How did they all rise to the top? What embodies a great leader and how can you be one, too? There’s lots of leadership advice out there. Here are three great decks that caught our attention. (View more Leadership & Management SlideShares here.) What NOT to Do Let’s start with what not to do as a leader. It’s certainly easy to get overwhelmed in a leadership role and to become that manager no one wants. Here’s how to make sure you don’t become a nightmare manager: The Black Magic of Leadership “Get help, immediately.” That is one of many lessons that Sauce Labs VP of Engineering Adam Christian shares in his deck about managing a strong engineering culture. Here are his other tips:
Getting in the Startup Mindset
It can be hard leading within a big company. Start with a lot of small wins, and encourage multi-disciplinary teams, says entrepreneur Steve Blank. His deck on how to change your managerial mindset will guide you on your way to becoming a leader, no matter how large or small your corporation:
- Original post by Lorraine K Lee, December 5, 2014

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