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Manager or Leader?

It took me 20+ years to write this post…

When I look back from being a software developer in the late 90s to my first step into management in my early 30s at smarcom d.o.o. to my current role as the Director of Engineering at Novoda, I feel amazed by the transformation that took place along the way.

The transition from a managerial position to a true leader was the most profound experience.

And today, I want to share some insights that might help you make this transitional journey from being a manager to a leader smoothly:

🐉 Embrace Continuous Learning:

→ As I progressed through my career, I quickly realized that being a leader is not just about managing teams and projects; it's about continuously investing in personal growth and development.

🐉 Cultivate Empathy and Emotional Intelligence:

→ As a manager, it's essential to understand the technical aspects of the job, but empathy and emotional intelligence play a vital role as a leader.

🐉 Lead by Example:

→ A true leader doesn't just delegate tasks; they lead by example. Get your hands dirty, collaborate, and demonstrate the values and work ethic you wish to see in your team.

🐉 Encourage a Growth Mindset:

→ As a leader, it's your responsibility to foster a culture of growth and innovation. Encourage your team to embrace challenges, view failures as opportunities to learn, and take calculated risks.

🐉 Communicate with Clarity and Transparency:

→ Transparent communication fosters a sense of ownership and collective responsibility within the team.

🐉 Seek Mentorship and Support:

→ Transitioning from a manager to a leader can be both exhilarating and challenging. Don't hesitate to seek mentorship and support from experienced leaders or colleagues you admire.

Embracing the journey from manager to leader has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career.

It's not just about titles; it's about positively impacting the lives of those you lead and the projects you undertake.

Remember, leadership is not about having power over others but empowering others to achieve greatness.

Let's continue to learn, grow, and lead together! 🐲

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