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Ian O'Byrne

March 22, 2016

2 min read

Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them. - Paul Hawken

Near the end of my time at UNH, I was increasingly interested in leadership, and what qualitiies and interactions go into creating a worthwhile leader. 

I focused on the leadership of individuals around me that were successful and had some challenges in effectively communicating, positivity, and being transparent with others. I continue to think about leadership, and my ability to lead. 

I am an ideas person, and can come up with worthwhile projects and initiaitves to advance the field and systems. I can work with people to get those initiaitves kickstarted and get things rolling. Where I struggle is when the newness wears off, and people's jobs get in the way, how do we keep things advancing?

The quote above about problem solving, and collaboration only goes so far to address the challenges. There is also the problem that exists with communication, clarity in goals, and "calling people out" when they don't live up to expectations. 

This can prove to be a problem when not working for money, or paying someone. In a volunteer capacity, it can be tough to hire/fire/motivate others. It's also hard to bring in volunteers and get them to buy in, and want to collaboratively solve that problem.

For now, I'll work harder to lead the way, and hopefully bring on others.