Building A Sense of Empowerment

It’s been said that humility is the most underrated force in the world today. Successful open source leaders demonstrate this over and over by driving for consensus on major ideas, making it clear their own ideas are open to challenge, and being as transparent as possible. Building a sense of empowerment amongst the developers is more important than meeting ship dates with specific features, and more important than creating zero-defect software. The Apache Software Foundation, for example, believes that its first order of business is creating healthy software development communities focussed on solving common problems; good software is simply an emergent result.

Brian Behlendorf, former president of the Apache Software Foundation and member of the Mozilla Foundation Board of Directors, in the print-only foreword to Producing Open Source Software

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