Wednesday, September 17, 2014

leadership - leverage on specialist knowledge

Some people make a good leader without specialized expertise. I feel many top level executives are this type.

Some people make a good leader after establishing a status as a subject matter expert. I guess they no longer need that expertise. Some may need it if a big part of leadership involves technical sales and technical vision.

My father has academic leadership, based on his domain expertise. More generally, I guess in quant domain, in research and academia, a leader must have a minimum level of specialist expertise.

Some specialists don't take on leadership role at all. I know some in the US.

My parents and some close  friends (I won't count the numerous comments by casual friends) point out that I show a "relative advantage" in research/academic areas relative to people management, but let's not talk too much about myself.

Q: is your chosen field right for you?
A: I feel in theory financial app development isn't really the best for a lot of guys, though it may be the best given my constraints now. For many, it's much better than other IT sub-sectors.

First and foremost, it's painful, depressing but unnecessary to compare with those "leadership" people. They aren't even our peers.

If  you were to leverage your specialist knowledge to build leadership, then the next task is to identify a specialist field. C++, c#, java etc. aren't that appealing so far. After this step, we would need to stick to a company. I chose GS but GS didn't choose me:)

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