How to be a great (product) leader - part 2/4: leadership responsibilities
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How to be a great (product) leader – part 2/4: leadership responsibilities

Typically as a leader you have 4 major goals: to maximize individual performance & growth, team performance, your own performance, and your company’s performance. But how do successful managers achieve them?

Here is a list of your main responsibilities and activities as a leader:


Work on your direct reports > Maximize individual performance & growth

  • (Bi-)weekly catch-ups & feedback sessions: preparation + meeting
  • Review work documents and give feedback/advice
  • Occasionally join key meetings as ‘quiet listener’ when possible
  • Quarterly performance review & definition of (career) goals
  • Give feedback instantly (whenever you see something to improve or also done well): praise in group, criticise in 1:1
  • Help out operationally if needed (avoid as much as possible)

Work on your team > Maximize team performance

  • Hire the right people that complement the existing team
  • Share your (company) vision and principles/values
  • Define and align on OKRs
  • Ensure knowledge sharing / documentation
  • Organize team events
  • Conduct team meetings to facilitate knowledge exchange and communication
  • Share management updates regularly
  • Improve processes, synergies, introduce/test new things
  • Align and exchange with other leaders from your company

Work on your own > Maximize your own performance

  • Ask for and implement feedback from your team
  • Read books, attend events
  • Exchange with other leaders to help each other on challenges

Work on company level > Maximize the company performance

  • Exchange with management on high-level topics, create alignment, resolve issues
  • Represent company externally (mentor, speech)


If you recently started in a leadership position, I recommend to do the following 3 things first:

  • Set up Weekly’s with your reports (more on that in part 4)
  • Define goals for your team (more on that in part 3)
  • Set up performance review process (more on that in part 3)


Allright, by now you gained some basic understanding of leadership responsibilities and characteristics.

Next, we’ll take a look at leadership frameworks that can help leaders provide more guidance and structure to their role.


How to be a great leader (part 3/4)

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