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A Successful Product Team

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 soft skills.


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The Team First Approach

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 dedication. Furthermore, they tend to turn any limelight they receive back on their teams.


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How To Identify Product Leaders

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. 

One key aspect in this respect is a product leader’s ability to align team members around a shar...


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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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Focusing On Customer Problems

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.

Themes are a promise to solve problems not to build features. Once you’ve truly understood customer prob...


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Wearing Multiple Hats

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 at each of these roles; rather, they are comfortable working across all areas as the role evolves o...


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A Successful Product Team

Common characteristics of Successful Product Teams:

  • Lifelong learning.
  • Strong communication.
  • Empathy.
  • Diversity.
  • Business savvy.
  • Cross-functional representation.
  • Collocation.
  • Autonomy.
  • Interdependence.
  • Accountabili...


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Every Job Is A Sales Job

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 is not the type of selling associated with business development; rather, it’s not the type that wor...


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Clear Communication Ability

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, or facilitating, the goal is always to be understood.


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Employees Are Paramount

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 like Spotify have been very successful in creating autonomous and cross-functional teams. The success o...


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Other Traits of A PL

  • 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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Playing Well With Others

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 people tick makes it easier to get the best out of them and identify when there is a problem.



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The Product Leader

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 company itself. This raises the question of what makes a true product leader.

We find out th...


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