5Leading Development

There are no bad teams, just bad leaders.

—JOCKO WILLINK AND LEIF BABIN, U.S. NAVY SEAL OFFICERS IN TASK FORCE BRUISER

Why Leadership Matters in Development

Great leadership is an indispensable ingredient of successful teams in all walks of life. High-performance teams (Chapter 4) do not just happen. They are developed and continually nurtured by excellent leaders. This is certainly true in product and process development, where problems are a daily reality, leaders face hundreds of time-critical decisions, and the efforts of talented people from wildly diverse backgrounds must be integrated in order to move the team forward toward the creation of something new to the world.

Effective leaders put all the LPPD puzzle pieces ...

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