CAD Leadership - Part 7 - Traits of a CAD
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One: Leaders have character
the right thing
If you make
mistakes you can be forgiven, but deception, conniving, playing
overt politics will get you into trouble.
It is easier to
keep a good reputation than to rebuild one.
Lying makes a
problem part of the future; telling the truth makes it part of
on your principles.
Be flexible and
adaptive but donít sacrifice your core principles.
Leaders pay their dues
Get in the
trenches to get the work done. Most of us came from the CAD
ranks. Don't forget that. If you are no longer part
of production, then you may want to take some time to help out
on a project. Keep your hands dirty in the CAD programs
under production stresses.
Roll up your
sleeves. Dig into the tough jobs.
Put others needs
above yours. The project schedule always comes first.
Don't let yourself be pulled away from production too far.
Do the work that
you expect others to do. If you are demanding compliance
to your standard then be willing to open the drawings up and
getting them fixed.
Stay late or
come in early. Just being there when the troops are in the
trenches goes a long way. You are part of the production
Three: Leaders garner respect
Make sound decisions. Gather information, review it, get
input, make decision.
Seek consensus with others who are involved. Asking for
opinions and perspectives.
Be consistent. When you make a decision, stick with it.
Admit your mistakes and shortcomings. If your decision was
incorrect - admit it.
Put the needs of your people above your own. Don't make
your job easier by pushing things onto others.
Put the organization above you personal agenda. Don't get
caught up in climbing the corporate ladder at the expense of
derailing corporate good.