When we stop coding, we feel a sense of loss. I missed creating something awesome; something I was proud of.
When you lead with your whole heart, you get back to the business of creating.
- You create a workplace where people can talk, instead of hiding.
- You create a team that learns, instead of shaming.
- You create a programmer who knows you have their back.
- You create an environment of options, instead of prescriptions.
Managing with your whole heart isn’t easy. It requires becoming a REAL manager; a REAL leader.
I think the classic children’s book, the Velvateen Rabit, says it better than I can:
Real leadership brings the joy of creation. It’s not how you are made, but it’s a thing that happens over time. By the time you get there, you might have a bit less hair and loose joints, but it’s worth it because your team loves you. And then they’ve also found joy in working for you.
Take heart in the fact that you don’t break easily, don’t have sharp edges or have to be carefully kept. Take heart because the work of creation will be worth it, even if it seems like the work never finishes. Don’t give up; you’ll get there, I promise.