One characteristic of a good leader, perhaps the most important characteristic, is whether others will follow him or her. And one excellent indication of that is when the leader moves to another company or another role inside the same company, do people want to follow him? I’ve worked with some excellent leaders whom I would follow anywhere, such as Patrick Moran, Dave Thomas, and Dave Pellerin (if any of these people offer you a job, I highly recommend that you jump at the chance!)
I’m also pleased to say that many excellent engineers and managers have wanted to follow me as I’ve taken on new challenges: I’m honored by their vote of confidence, and I always strive to live up to their expectations. Most recently a few top people from my past have joined me in my new role as CTO at InVision, and by combining them with the existing excellent engineering teams …, well, we’re just going to have a lot of fun building another great high-performance organization.
Life is too short to be working for poor leaders, so take a look around and see if you can find a good one; and one clue is whether others want to follow them.