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The Product Leader

The job profile of a product leader is akin to a CEO of a company.

A product leader is ultimately responsible for the success and failure of a product, and by extension, the...

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Product Leaders and Product Teams: Management Basics

Product Leadership

Product Leadership

by Richard Banfield, Martin Eriksson, Nate Walkingshaw

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More and more organisations are moving away from a traditional top-down approach, whereby senior management determines ‘upstream’ what people ‘downstream’ should be doing.

Companies lik...

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The primary focus has to be on the problems faced by customers. Instead of features, one can opt to provide themes, based on what the customer wants and what problem is solved.

Them...

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Successful product teams do NOT require hard skills, such as engineering, design or even specific product management expertise.

In contrast, with product managers, the focus is much more on...

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Experienced product people with strong soft skills are low in supply in most markets. One can derive the characteristics of good product leaders from the high level traits of a successful team. 

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Common characteristics of Successful Product Teams:

  • Lifelong learning.
  • Strong communication.
  • Empathy.
  • Diversity.
  • Business savvy.
  • Cross-functional ...

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Product management and product leadership are people-first roles. Teams are made up of individuals who each bring their own personalities, perspective, and opinions. Understanding what makes pe...

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The kind of leader that needs constant recognition and praise is not likely to be the best person for this job.

The top product leaders hardly ever get recognition for their hard work and d...

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Product leaders are typically comfortably wearing the hats of marketer, manager, technologist, customer advocate, and facilitator, to name a few.

This doesn’t mean they are experts...

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Having a deep interest in learning, enthusiastically accepting new challenges, encouraging others to speak up, and listening to their perspectives are all actions driven by curiosity.

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The ability to share information in a clear, concise manner is a necessary and desirable skill for a product leader.

Whether they’re talking, listening, writing, planning, sharing,...

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This might be controversial, but when you consider what product leaders do each day, it’s no surprise that selling is one of the things to look out for in product leaders.

To be clear, this...

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  • Equanimity.
  • Working with ease under pressures and deadlines.
  • Having an understanding that shipping products is a race against time.
  • Displaying grace even under fire...

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