The Shaughnessy Report: Leadership vs. Management


Reading time ( words)

Is your manager one of the great ones, a true leader? Many of your colleagues would probably answer with a pointed “No.”

Or maybe you’re a manager. Many PCB designers have moved, sometimes reluctantly, into positions of project manager and CAD manager.

So which is it: Are you a leader, or just a manager?

Instead of covering a tech topic like signal integrity or DFM this month, we’re focusing on leadership, and what it means to be a leader and manager. This topic came about after seeing replies to our surveys over the last year or so.

In some of those reader surveys, we asked, “What is your biggest challenge?” Every time we posed that question, we received replies that I would paraphrase as, “Management doesn’t know what the hell they’re doing.” Some comments are much more colorful and emotional.

Let’s face it: A bad manager can make your job hell on earth.

Now, PCB designers are known to complain (I’m kidding, somewhat), but we also see this kind of comment from PCB fabricators, assembly providers, and suppliers. It turns out that a wide variety of technologists in this industry cast a jaundiced eye toward their management.

Naturally, we started this venture with another survey, this time to the subscribers of all three of our magazines; the results can be found on page of this issue. Open-ended questions often provide us with some of our best insights into our readers’ challenges, and this time was no exception.

Here is Question 1, followed by the top responses and the percentage of respondents who chose each. 

What are the three most important traits and skill sets of a great leader today?

  1. Ability to inspire others – 72.7%
  2. Empowerment of employees – 47.7%
  3. Integrity – 40.9%

Inspiration is the big winner here. Almost three-fourths of respondents want a leader who inspires them. They want to be inspired—they need to be inspired, or they’ll leave a job. That’s one of the most common points we hear regarding millennial staff.

To read this entire article, which appeared in the October 2016 issue of The PCB Design Magazine, click here.

Share

Print


Suggested Items

Real Time with… AltiumLive 2020: Lawrence Romine on Successful U.S. Event

10/15/2020 | I-Connect007 Editorial Team
Andy Shaughnessy and Lawrence Romine, vice president of corporate marketing for Altium, discuss some of the lessons learned from last week's virtual U.S. AltiumLive, as well as what attendees can expect from the European show, which takes place October 20–22, 2020.

Combatting Thermal Challenges With TRM Software

10/07/2020 | I-Connect007 Editorial Team
Johannes Adam is the creator of a simulation tool called Thermal Risk Management (TRM) used to help PCB designers and design engineers predict hot spots on the board before during layout. He and Douglas Brooks, founder of UltraCAD Design, have used the tool to produce several technical articles and a book on the subject. In this interview, they tackle the biggest misconceptions they see from designers and engineers who deal with thermal management issues.

This Month in Design007 Magazine: Thermal Fundamentals With Mike Jouppi

09/09/2020 | I-Connect007 Editorial Team
The I-Connect007 team recently interviewed Mike Jouppi, one of the champions of thermal management in PCBs. Mike spent decades working on updating the old IPC current-carrying data, which dated back to the 1950s, and he is the primary architect behind IPC-2152— the standard for determining current-carrying capacity in printed board design. As Mike explained in this wide-ranging interview, even if you’re using the latest thermal design software, you still need to have a firm understanding of the fundamentals.



Copyright © 2020 I-Connect007. All rights reserved.