Facebook Spreads Leadership Around

Susan Hall

The Hay Group's Best Companies for Leadership study released earlier this year found that in developing leadership, 90 percent <strong>expect employees to lead</strong>, regardless of whether they're in a position of authority.


That came to mind while reading a Seattle Times interview with Mark Zuckerberg about the culture at Facebook. Writer Brier Dudley asked about career paths, particularly for product managers, who are in the Seattle office rather than at company headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif. Said Zuckerberg:

The leaders of a specific project can come from a lot of different disciplines. ... Here it just depends on the person - there are definitely projects where the engineering manager is leading, and there are definitely projects where the PM is leading. We have as many where the tech lead on the project is leading ... there are even a bunch where a designer is leading. I think that's good, a good diversity.

Zuckerberg also said employees are urged to move quickly, though the article doesn't elaborate beyond this:

The saying internally is to move fast and break things - not trying to break things, but it's OK if sometimes you break things because if you don't then you're probably not moving fast enough.

The article says Facebook plans to expand its engineering staff in Seattle, which has about 40 engineers now, by 60 percent a year and that Zuckerberg worries about maintaining company culture in the face of rapid expansion. Oh, and he plans to hire really good people - just like every other tech firm.

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