In applications such as insurance or credit screening, a model needs to be interpretable because it’s important for the model to avoid inadvertently discriminating against certain customers. In applications such as image classification, however, it is much more important to have a performant classifier than an interpretable model.
How can you earn respect, then? The following are traits that I see great managers embody: understanding the job their team does and continually honing their critical ability to recognize what mediocre, bad, or superb work looks like; being self-aware of their strengths and weaknesses and helping their team in ways that play to their strengths; understanding team members’ goals and giving them the coaching, training and opportunity to reach those goals; being transparent about what they believe and why, and doing those things rather than simply talking about them; setting clear expectations with team members and giving them feedback often; asking for feedback and acting upon that; dreaming big and inspiring others with a clear vision; being someone their team considers a genuinely good, caring person.
…r who hasn’t made what at the time were bold decisions others disagreed with, sometimes vehemently. Listening to people is not the same as acquiescing to them. Your primary job is not to represent your team but to get the best results from them.