Lead on Purpose

Promoting Leadership Principles in Product Management

Where to start

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The following quote by Dee Hock, founder and CEO emeritus at Visa, is spot-on for anyone seeking to become a great leader:

Control is not leadership; management is not leadership; leadership is leadership. If you seek to lead, invest at least 50% of your time in leading yourself—your own purpose, ethics, principles, motivation, conduct. Invest at least 20% leading those with authority over you and 15% leading your peers.

When it comes to your career and your ability to become a great leader, the word ‘invest’ is perceptive. Invest in yourself; after all, you –your skills, talent, abilities, etc. — are the most valuable asset you own. Start with yourself.


The Product Management Perspective: Dee Hock’s quote nicely defines the product management perspective. Find ways to invest in yourself; everyone around you will benefit.

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2 thoughts on “Where to start

  1. Yes, couldn’t agree more, I think that personal investment is absolutely critical. As part of my quarterly performance reviews with my employees I insist that they build both their product road maps and their own personal roadmaps. Nice quote!

  2. “50% of your time in leading yourself—your own purpose, ethics, principles, motivation, conduct. Invest at least 20% leading those with authority over you and 15% leading your peers.”

    — And the remaining 15% is vacation? :-)
    Stewart

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