“But when his heart was lifted up and his spirit became so proud that he behaved arrogantly, he was deposed from his royal throne and his glory was taken away from him.” Daniel 5:20 (NASB)
Like many Christians, for little over a week, I’ve been on a pilgrimage; a spiritual journey into Lent. Aided by a respite in my studies, and the calm of closing several of my team’s first quarter initiatives at the office, I’ve been angling for time to reflect on the path I’ve chosen as a technical leader.
The Key to Success
To lead successfully requires confident humility. The same is required to succeed within any organizational culture; especially in the technical realm.
The details of technical work, and the richness of its relationship with the human side of any business, guarantee that no singular member of a project team can fully understand its intricacies and the terrain of its use. The natural conclusion is that a skilled leader is one who facilitates communication between all of a project’s stakeholders, is without prejudice to the opinions of others, and rational in his or her decision making process.
A Cumulative Score
Success cannot be seen as the natural outcome of applying one’s own ability, but the cumulative effect of a unified movement towards excellence.