Does a balanced personality make a great leader?

Friday, August 9th, 2013 By Jack Nevison

As Inc. contributor Steve Tobak writes, the technology industry in recent years has been defined by "superstar" CEOs and founders. But while Apple's Steve Jobs, Microsoft's Bill Gates and Oracle's Larry Ellison are household names among tech industry insiders and thousands of customers, Tobak argues that the best leadership sometimes comes from people who are more understated.

In his article, Tobak refers to Jason, the CFO at the public company where both men worked. Tobak describes Jason as "introverted and reserved," but points out that he had a balanced personality that allowed him to work well with the other employees.

"He was confident, but never overconfident," Tobak writes. "The risks he took were calculated. His decisions were logical and smart. He listened to the experts but knew the final decision was always his to make because the buck stopped with him."

What Tobak describes are some of the qualities that a skilled project manager must possess to succeed. 

Often, managers are not experts on every aspect of their project. Indeed, as Tobak writes, Jason did not know everything about running a technology company. But, like every good manager, he knew when to listen to the advice of those below him.

"We were a far more effective management team under him than our founding CEO," Tobak adds.

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