5 reasons why leadership is important

Leadership is an extremely important function that every manager should have. A good leader helps their teams grow, achieve goals and maximizes their effectiveness over their efficiency.

So what are the 5 reasons why leaders are so important?

#1 Motivation

A good leader motivates his/her team. He/She makes the team feel like they are part of something greater and doing so, gets their buy-in to achieve a goal. A leader can also motivate the team via economic rewards, but usually, the motivation is not monetary.

#2 Guidance

A leader provides a vision. A road map. An end goal. Something that will guide the team in their journey to accomplish their end goal.

#3 Morale

Good morale equals good team collaboration. A good leader focuses on improving the teamwork within the team. He/she fosters trust and confidence, that the team, together, can achieve anything.

#4 Coordination

Like a good maestro, a good leader helps the team coordinate on the work they have to do. He/She helps the team reconcile their personal goals with organizational goals.

#5 Relationships

Management worries about getting the right people for the right job. Leadership worries about getting the right people for the right team. A happy team that can properly communicate within itself, without interpersonal issues, is a team that can be more effective.

Do you still think leadership is a bunch of baloney?



Another week has passed, time to look back.

Hello everyone, how are you this Saturday afternoon?

This week was a bit chaotic. Last week I decided to experiment with planning all the posts for the week, and it went well. This week I decided to do the complete opposite and see how chaotic it could become. Well, let me just say, if you end up getting sick, you start loving the idea of having a plan laid out

But that is not why this post comes out, this is the reflection post where we look back at the previous week and decide what works and what doesn’t.

From now on I will change the format a bit. I will make it START and STOP and would love to get your feedback also via social media.

So here it goes:


  • Create exclusive slide decks to share with all of you. Posts are fun to write, but doing some PPT’s/PDF’s are even more fun.
  • More Twitter and Instagram. Again, another try on these with a new strategy.


  • 3-Point-Saturday. I love writing this quick mail that I sent to some of you but for now, I will give it a stop.
  • Coming up with post ideas on the stop, I will do like last week and plan for the week during the weekend. A lot of time is saved this way ( read my post on 7 lean wastes).

I hope to see you here for more exciting posts and don’t feel shy about dropping your feedback to me@ruitiago.blog.



This is what I’ve learned this week

Hello everyone, one more week gone and another about to start.
So far a good start of the weekend. I am writing this post with a sunny day, something that is not very common in the Netherlands at this time of the year.

πŸ‘πŸ‘ Finally the project I have been talking about is starting to pull together. I can share now that this will be a podcast where I aim to interview leader, thinkers and workers of the technology world. The main goal is to pick their brain and find out what advises that can have to share with this community. First episode is already recorded and should be coming out soon πŸ˜ƒ

πŸ‘ This week I also found out how to write better headlines, as you can see by today’s headline compared with other Saturday’s πŸ˜„. After some reading I realized how important a good headline is. The headline is what will make you, the reader, captivated into opening the page and reading more about it. Without a proper headline I will fail on my mission to reach you and share my thoughts.

πŸ›‘ For now it is stopped. Instagram is a nice addition but my focus is on producing a good blog and sharing a good message with all of you. If you have any thoughts about it, I would love to hear more. You know how to find me, if not, drop me a message on me@ruitiago.blog

Want to receive 3 gems to make your weekend go even smoother? Join me for the 3-point Saturday newsletter.

In this week 3-point Saturday I shared about an extension/add-on that I’ve found, an awesome interview that came out this week and a fundraiser.

Have an awesome weekend.

And as always, keep learning, keep growing and have an awesome day.



Want to get more time? Do that hard task now.

No one likes doing those pesky hard tasks, I know it, you know it, it is what it is.

We often procrastinate and push them forward with the hopes that they will be forgotten. That they will disappear into a sea of confusion with other hard or harder tasks.

The problem is they never disappear, or at least the majority of them. But why should we do them now now?

As mentioned yesterday, one of the biggest time wasters is task switching. But will you task switch if you leave it for later?

Unfortunately, yes. Because you know, that hard task will be in the back of your mind. You know that while you are doing the other stuff, this one will creep into your thoughts, just to make sure you don’t forget it.

Unlike some productivity gurus, I am a firm believer that we should do what we don’t like before. Get it out of the way, and then we can properly focus and enjoy the things we like to do.