If you are
interested to know more about VMware we recommend you to read this recent interview with Paul
Maritz, CEO of VMware about leadership by The New York Times .
Q. What are some important leadership lessons for you?
A. I've learned that when you go from being an individual contributor to being a leader of a
small group of 5 to 10 people, to leading 100 people, to leading 1,000 people, to leading 10,000
people, the nature of your job changes at each of those points.
Q. Talk more about that.
A. As you manage bigger groups of people, you cannot be as closely connected to specific
underlying issues and challenges. Your contribution has to become more of making sure that you're
getting the best out of others, that others are really thinking the issues through, and that you're
creating the broad framework in which they can get their jobs done and be as productive and focused
as they can be. What makes it a challenge is that every time you cross one of those boundaries, you
become less of a specialist, less knowledgeable about specific issues.
You have to realize that your contribution becomes more symbolic, in the sense that you're
trying to set a general direction. People want to see you as representing the general mission, not
To continue reading the interview click here and go toThe New York Times online.
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