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19 mistakes technical leaders make most often

i always believed that a good manager or lead should have a balanced technical and functional skills. i have had my share of being under people who were technically einsteins but managerial archies (the comics! have had the chance to read it in my last travel).
toni bower's of techrepublic wrote these 19 mistakes a tech lead makes,
  1. assuming the team serves you
  2. isolating yourself from the team
  3. employing hokey motivation techniques
  4. not providing technical direction and context
  5. fulfilling your own needs via the team
  6. focusing on your individual contribution
  7. trying to be technically omniscient
  8. failing to delegate effectively
  9. being ignorant of your own shortcomings
  10. failing to represent the best interests of your team
  11. failing to anticipate
  12. repeat mistakes others have already made
  13. using the project to pursue your own technical interests
  14. not maintaining technical involvement
  15. playing the game rather than focusing on the target
  16. avoiding conflict
  17. putting the project before the people
  18. expecting everyone to think and act like you
  19. failing to demonstrate compassion

reading through it made me reminesce when i was featured in my last company's newsletter where i wrote there how i was as a lead. the three things that i thought of was first - for me to know where i came from (keeps me levelled). second, we are still doing business so its important to know how to meet our company/project's goals and balance it with how to motivate my team to achieve these goals. lastly, its to know that i work with people so molding a good relationship with my team is a key which is unfortunately sometimes being neglected.


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