Leadership in Open Source by Isaac Schlueter

On this talk by the creator on NPM, Isaac Schlueter, he focus on the leadership in the open source communities. Some key points:

  • Being persistent is important.
  • Great leaders come up through natural growth and communication with community.
  • If something goes wrong:
    • think about what to do in the future to avoid the same problem; and
    • own and take responsibility for it.
  • Leadership involves making constant improvements and corrections over time.
  • When thinking about something, don’t look at your past self, look at the present.
  • Don’t care about looking foolish. It will happen.
  • Help the others.
  • “Empathy is a core engineering value”

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