Is Josepha Haden Rocking WP Leadership?

I’m not a WordPress core contributor. I don’t write the code, and I don’t make it a priority in my life to be contributing to the Marketting, Accessibility, WP-CLI, Support, Themes, or any other of the volunteer teams that keep WordPress a healthy ecosystem. And I don’t know enough of the people who do that work to claim to have my finger on the pulse of what’s going on for them.

But, from observing from the outside, I’ve been really impressed and how Josepha Hayden has been operating since taking over as WordPress’s Executive Director. Obviously changes take time, and the real proof of her success will be in a few years time with quieter stats like fewer of the people who are seen as “core contributors” being burnt out, and more people choosing to join the effort. Things that will be hard to track, even if we try.

But with her “Our Strength and Weaknesses” post from a few weeks ago, and a timely and publicly posted follow up, I feel like Josepha’s clearly on the right track. Real good leadership is rare in the world. But I believe it is rooted in openness, honesty, vulnerability, and a willingness to try new things. So far, Josepha is demonstrating all of those things and more in the what I’m seeing. And that she’s doing it publicly is really crucial for a project with the scale and open-nature of WordPress.

It’s still early days, but so far I’m feeling impressed and excited by Matt Mullenweg’s choice to name deputies. Josepha looks to be off to a good start.

(BTW, yes I intentionally subverted Betteridge’s Law of Headlines.)


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