Achieve CM Excellence through People, Not Tools

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In her Personality Matters series, Leslie Sachs examines the personalities and people issues that are found in technology groups from cross-functional, high-performance teams to dysfunctional matrix organizations.

Jurgen Appelo lists fifty team virtues [3] that also correspond to many of the traits identified in Stogdill's studies. I discussed many of these same traits in the book that I coauthored with Bob Aiello. [4] You need to consider each of these traits—such as conscientiousness, agreeableness, and extraversion—and understand why they are essential to leadership and achieving success. Keep in mind that while people are born with natural tendencies, each person is capable of stretching beyond them if we understand our own personality and identify which behaviors are most likely to lead to the changes we desire. So, if you want to achieve greater success, consider reflecting upon your own behaviors and comparing your style with those traits that have been identified with good leaders and CM excellence. For example, being proactive in solving problems and having the self-confidence to take appropriate risks can help you achieve success. Also, remember that being social means that you must involve and interact with your entire team. Full-team participation maximizes the power of each member's strengths while minimizing the impact of individual weaknesses.

CM excellence depends upon the skilled people who handle the complex IT demands on a day-to-day basis. The most successful professionals are able to take stock of their personalities and consider the traits that experts regard as essential for effective leadership. If you can develop this self-awareness, you can achieve success by developing the behaviors that result in strong leadership and excellence in all that you do.

References

[1] Yukl, Gary, Leadership in Organizations, Prentice Hall, 1981, p. 237

[2] Northouse, Peter G., Introduction to Leadership Concepts and Practice Second Edition, SAGE Publications, Inc  2012, p. 17

[3] Appelo, Jurgen, Management 3.0 – Leading Agile Developers, Developing Agile Leaders. Addison-Wesley, 2011, p. 93

[4] Aiello, Robert and Leslie Sachs. Configuration Management Best Practices: Practical Methods that Work in the Real World. Addison-Wesley, 2010

About the author

Leslie  Sachs's picture Leslie Sachs

Leslie Sachs is a New York state certified school psychologist and the COO of Yellow Spider, Inc. (http://yellowspiderinc.com). Leslie is the coauthor of Configuration Management Best Practices: Practical Methods that Work in the Real World, Addison-Wesley Professional (http://cmbestpractices.com). Ms. Sachs has more than twenty years of experience in the psychology field and has worked in a variety of clinical and business settings where she has provided many effective interventions designed to improve the social and educational functioning of both individuals and groups. Ms. Sachs has an M.S. in School Psychology from Pace University and interned in Bellevue's Psychiatric Center in New York city. A firm believer in the uniqueness of every individual, she has recently done advanced training with Mel Levine's "All Kinds of Minds" Institute. She may be reached at LeslieASachs@gmail.com, or link with her http://www.linkedin.com/in/lesliesachs.

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