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Why product teams work best without a single leader

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Brian Donohue
Intercom
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Counterintuitively, product teams work best without a single leader.

Diffusion of Responsibility

  • When in groups, people often do nothing because the responsibility is not solely on them.
  • Your best chance of getting things done is having one person ultimately responsible for it.

Product teams work best without a single leader

  • Leadership is a partnership between PM and EM, and the designer as well
  • Either the team succeeds, or no one does
  • Product teams can work remarkably well without a distinct leader
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