Leadership is about developing your own personal growth path, and inspiring the personal growth of others. Good leaders model the behavior they want to see in their people. They ask questions. They admit when they are wrong. And most important, they put the needs of others first.
Your path to success as a leader starts with learning how to understand other people better, and how to motivate them to succeed by bringing out their strengths and helping them overcome their weaknesses. The best way to learn about and improve yourself is to serve others. And leadership is a great way to do that.
There is a good chance you were promoted into a leadership role because you were a particularly good individual contributor. One day the boss called you into their office and said, “I am putting you in charge of such-and-such.”
And boom! You’re a manager.
Now what? You don't get leadership training in most schools by default. And images of bosses from our popular culture are nearly all wrong. You can’t march around shouting and telling people what to do all day. It just doesn’t work. But you do need manage people toward accomplishing their common goals.
Managing teams of creative and technical people is hard. Product development is its own unique context. Most leadership training out there is basic and generic.
It doesn’t apply to the unique context of fast-moving and dynamic technical companies.
It doesn't address the complex workflows in today's digital product companies.
It is designed for people in more traditional roles.
Product development is a very complex and ever-changing environment. The skillful people who work in this field are particularly demanding, both of themselves and of their leaders.
Leaders of technology and product development groups need to be excellent not only technology and process, but also those incrediby hard so-called "soft skills" too!
That's why I created this master class for emerging technology leaders like you.
This is a 10-week program stuctured around weekly online sessions. Reading materials will be referenced, but are not required.
If you’re interested in learning more about the class, submit an application. Don’t wait too long. There is a limit on space in each cohort.Apply Now
No, these are not required. I read them all so that you don't have to. But if you want to skip ahead, here is some reading that will prepare you for the class...
Sam McAfee is an experienced technology and product leader based in Oakland CA, and is the founder of Startup Patterns. He's been working in technology innovation in Silicon Valley since the first “dotcom boom” in 2000. Sam combines strong engineering capability, team and organizational leadership skills, and a keen business acumen with a laserlike focus on core product development principles from leading product development methodologies like Agile and the Lean Startup. He's helped teams at companies like Adobe, Sharethrough, PG&E, SAP, Microsoft, Follett Education, and many more.
He's also a regular speaker at product and technology conferences, and regularly gives public workshops on technology and product topics. Speaking engagements include QCon NY and SF, the Lean Startup Conference, and Lean Kanban North America. He's a frequent speaker for the startup training programs at Product School, Galvanize and InnoWest, and a mentor at Singularity University. His talks are available on Slide Share.