Effective leadership in a technical role

February 22, 2021

As a software engineer, you can advance to a leadership position later in your career. However, you soon realize that having technical talents in your field of specialization is insufficient to make it in the tech business. Even so, you’d have to deal with a variety of issues and crises daily. So, there’s both good and bad news. The bad news is that you lack the necessary management qualities to lead a team as a technical person. The good news is that if you approach learning with an open mind, you can progress as a leader over time.

First and foremost, you must comprehend certain fundamental leadership ideas. When you’re a junior member, you have to finish the tasks that have been assigned to you. However, as you advance in rank, you will be expected to take on more responsibilities, participate in cross-functional team activities, take on project management responsibilities, and consider corporate strategies. What is the significance of the title “director”? It’s to give directions, know where you’re going, and show you where you’re going. As a result, my recommendation to you is to maintain your curiosity. Try to understand how your company makes decisions and put yourself to learn and ask questions.

Furthermore, being a leader does not necessitate being a jerk or an extra extrovert. According to the study, six different leadership styles may be more appropriate for you, depending on the situation. These are some of them:

  1. Crisis mode leadership — coercive leadership
  2. Get others to accept a vision through authoritative leadership.
  3. Affiliative leadership – brings a team together.
  4. Democratic leadership is a consensus-building leadership style.
  5. Coaching leadership focuses on growing people.
  6. Pacesetting leadership focuses on setting a performance standard.

Knowing your leadership style will help you perform better in a variety of scenarios. There is no one-size-fits-all answer, and you must adjust yourself for the team at various stages.

You must know yourself and your team members as a leader because each team member has various skills and weaknesses, and your job is to assist the team in achieving the goal. Goal-setting, team-building, clear communication, and working with stakeholders are all part of your job description. You have to be fair when it comes to resolving problems among your team members. You give praise and prizes for positive contributions while pointing out any negative consequences for the team. More importantly, you set an example for others to follow. People are watching what you do after what you say, so you’d be a role model.

Managing team members takes both competence and sensitivity. First, you must comprehend each team member. You also have to deal with variances in working methods, relationships, and conflicts within a group. Finally, you present your message using formal language to encourage individuals to commit to mutual respect and cooperation.

To work effectively as a leader in the tech business, you must be technically skilled in your subject. You must also build your vision, be determined, showcase your integrity and devotion, exude confidence, communicate, demonstrate your creativity, be inspirational, collaborate, and be real.

I hope you find this article useful and begin to develop the self-awareness necessary to become a leader. You’ll have to step up at some point in your life, especially when you have to handle an urgent issue. You don’t need to seek permission from the authorities because they might not be the right person to address the situation. You cannot be shy, but you must be aggressive in your search for resources. The truth is that others will forget about you since they are preoccupied with their own lives. There is a global leadership shortage, which is why I encourage you to be a leader and take action to address the world’s pressing issues.


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Experience in software development, application architecture, and deploying cloud solutions for enterprise customers. Strong hands-on skills with a Master's degree in Computer Science and business acumen with a master of business administration (MBA) in Finance. Certified in Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Microsoft Azure, Kubernetes (CKA, CKAD, CKS, KCNA) and Scrum (PSM, PSPO) with experience in building banking products from scratch. Connect on Linkedin

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