Simon Willison’s Weblog


4 items tagged “leadership”


The leader of a team - especially a senior one - is rarely ever the smartest, the most expert or even the most experienced.

Often it’s the person who can best understand individuals’ motivations and galvanize them towards an outcome, all while helping them stay cohesive.

Nivia Henry

# 24th May 2024, 6:09 am / management, leadership


Just a reminder, the way you evaluate yourself as a leader is how much both the individuals and teams in your organization grow in their capacity to achieve hard goals. Everything else is a distraction.

Kellan Elliott-McCrea

# 27th February 2023, 8:12 pm / kellan-elliott-mccrea, management, leadership


The data team: a short story (via) Erik Bernhardsson’s fictional account (“I guess I should really call this a parable”) of a new data team leader successfully growing their team and building a data-first culture in a medium-sized technology company. His depiction of the initial state of the company (data in many different places, frustrated ML researchers who can’t get their research into production, confusion over what the data team is actually for) definitely rings true to me.

# 8th July 2021, 11:12 pm / data, datascience, leadership


Let’s agree that no matter what we call the situation that the humans who are elsewhere are at a professional disadvantage. There is a communication, culture, and context tax applied to the folks who are distributed. Your job as a leader to actively invest in reducing that tax.

Michael Lopp

# 3rd December 2019, 1:34 pm / meetings, rands, management, remote, leadership