The Ph.D. Grind: Lead From Below
September 2012 (perspective of a postdoc)
This article addresses one of the most important questions faced by young professionals in computing and related fields: How can a junior employee implement their own creative initiatives when they are at the very bottom of an established hierarchy?
Most articles on leadership advise people in positions of power -- corporate managers in industry and research professors in academia -- on how to lead from above their subordinates. In contrast, this article is for those on the other side: the junior engineers, computer programmers, designers, technicians, postdocs, and (the lowliest class of all) Ph.D. students who want to lead from below.