DHH is a great leader February 26, 2007Posted by sdpurtill in Ayn Rand, Rails, Technology.
If you don’t know who David Heinemeier Hansson is then stop reading this post right now. He’s the mastermind behind Rails, the most popular Web 2.0 framework in the world. I came across this picture whiel reading some blogs tonight: http://www.flickr.com/photos/planetargon/127984254/
This slide was for all of the people that wanted to add certain features to Rails that he didn’t want. This also was a message to all the people that didn’t agree with Rapid Development, Web 2.0, and, in a broader sense, the future. This is what makes David a great leader. I have a cousin that likes to say “better to be hated for who you are than loved for who you’re not”, and DHH understands this.
A great leader is a person that can stand alone and say “f*** you” to all the people that don’t agree with him. I don’t think you have to use an explicitive, but it definitely helps convey a powerful message to everyone. Here is a quote from, you guessed it, Ayn Rand
Men have been taught that it is a virtue to agree with others. But the creator is the man who disagrees. Men have been taught that it is a virtue to swim with the current. But the creator is the man who goes against the current. Men have been taught that it is a virtue to stand together. But the creator is the man who stands alone.
DHH embodies this “creator” persona, and I love him for that. I hope one day to follow suit…