Being a Geek Leader
Being a Geek Leader
We all have potential to be leaders. What is a leader? My young daughter says it’s the person in front of you in line. She’s right… in a way. A leader is just someone we follow. This talk will explore how we can lead those to our right and to our left. How to lead from any level, not only as the “boss.” Many people in technical leadership roles were placed there because they were good at tech… not because they have any clue about what leadership is all about. I was one of those and I had to learn to lead people. I’ll share my story of failed leadership and explain the biology behind leadership…that’s right biology, not psychology. We as humans have biological elements that drive our leadership tendencies. If you understand these, you can use them to become a better leader. Leadership is about training, there is no magic formula, but there are ways to train your leadership muscles, just like you would train your body.
While you’re training to be a good leader, you need to understand that it’s a process, not a project. We are all creative in the strictest definition of the word. We create for a living. We create solutions to problems. Our projects have a start and an end. Leadership doesn’t work that way. There is no end; the end is a mirage. You’re only going to get better the further along you go in the journey. Don’t get frustrated; just understand that leadership is a process without an end.
John Rouda is an IT Leader and Computer Science Professor. Currently, he is an IT Director at INSP, LLC, and he teaches as an adjunct professor at both York Technical College and Winthrop University. John has spoken at numerous conferences and is currently on the board of the Interface Cyber Security Conference and servers on the Board of Directors at Family Trust Federal Credit Union. John’s past experiences include more than a decade of Technical management in both software development and network infrastructure and over 20 years of IT experience.
John has developed dozens of mobile apps for the Apple Appstore and Google Play Marketplace. He holds two master degrees, one in Business Administration and one in Computer Science. He has written 3 books that can be found on Amazon & Audible. John regularly speaks on technology, entrepreneurship and leadership topics at events and conferences, including a TEDx talk in 2015, which you can watch at https://johnrouda.com. He hosts a technical leadership podcast called A Geek Leader that can be found on iTunes, stitcher, or at https://ageekleader.com.
John is married to a beautiful wife and has three wonderful kids who he dearly loves. He volunteers for his church and the community.