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my worst team leaders

my worst team leaders

  • Didn’t bother to check or see if I was stuck on something
  • Didn’t coach me or teach me to be a better developer or team mate
  • Didn’t earn my trust in their technical skills
  • Didn’t have a problem with anything I was doing (good or bad)
  • Spent most of their time away from me
  • Smiled a lot, but didn’t say too much
  • were really nice
  • did not take care of any impediments I presented
  • did not challenge me
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Reader Comments (6)

...these developers are whining all the time

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWorst Team Lead

So... "nice" is a contra-indication of a good team leader?

That might be your experience, but that's hardly a necessary condition.

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDave

I agree. Although there's nice & too nice.
A good team leader would always tell you the truth and wouldn't sugar coat it.
That doesn't mean a good team leader would need to be a complete a-hole either.

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSander van Rossen

Sander, Dave
I meant "nice" not in a bad way. I meant that just because a team lead is nice doesn't mean they are good leaders.
"nice" only goes so far. there are other qualities and skills to look for.

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRoy Osherove

- weren't defending the team
- weren't admitting their mistakes

February 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVukoje

-> Didn’t bother to check or see if I was stuck on something.

It's not their job to babysit you, maybe you should have asked for help if you were stuck?
The rest I agree with.

February 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVlad

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