Helen Sims, PM Lead for Host Growth at AirBnB

As a PM, first and foremost, you’re a leader.

It should be reflected in everything you do. Every opportunity is a leadership opportunity.

When an engineer asks a question, don’t give a quick answer. Explain how you came to your decision.

Give context.

Use it as a teaching moment.

As you propose a change, inspire your team with a vision.

Even try the Pixar “Universal Theory of 2+2.” Explain the inputs: 2+2. Don’t give the answer: 4. Let your team work to find the right solution.

I try to use every moment as a teaching moment.