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A Career On The Web: Assuming Leadership by Smashing Magazine

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Lessons Learned From Leading New Web Professionals

By Jeremy Girard

Over the course of my career, I have had the opportunity to lead various web design and development teams, including a number of professionals fresh out of school. Along the way, I’ve made my share of mistakes and learned some valuable lessons.

Some new team members have jumped right in and begun contributing in a meaningful way almost immediately, and others have struggled to adjust to their new role because I failed as a leader and didn’t give them the tools they needed to succeed. One thing I’ve definitely learned is that the success of a new team member is determined not only by their own abilities and drive, but by the leadership on the team they are joining.

Recently, I was ...

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