This is my Manager README. If we work together, this document will introduce me to you as a human, give you an idea about my leadership style, and help you understand the ways you can rely on me.
Most if not all difficult situations you'll face as a leader will have some sort of contradiction—that's what makes them difficult. Being able to BOTH-AND in those situations is what will make you a great leader.
"Managers have to do a lot of routine and boring work." My client told me the other day. "I feel overwhelmed!" "Can you give me an example?" I asked. "Sure! For example, maintaining this spreadsheet of [insert boring technical stuff]..." they replied. Their main complaint was that as a individual
People can achieve success in different ways. Some will just plow forward and if they fall off the wagon, get back on the next day. Some might have the unwavering faith in themselves, no matter what. For the rest of us, half-assing is the real way to success.
I've been a skeptic most of my life. I've been trained by my profession to be a skeptic—to question assumptions, to explore corner cases, to poke holes in ideas, to pick apart arguments, and to find fault! Don't get me wrong—skepticism served me well as a software engineer!