A leader is someone who not only leads a group of people but also someone who understands them. They not only set goals for their team but they provide the emotional intelligence to support their accomplishment.
Whilst leadership is needed in every business, however large or small, effective leadership is clearly missing from most organisations with research suggesting that 77% of corporations experienced leadership gaps during 2019. This is a significant problem.
But what of the leadership role that in recent years has gained ever greater significance within organisations who need to be tech led? What of the effectiveness of tech leaders?
One of the challenges for tech leaders of today and tomorrow, is that the duties are not always natural to those involved. Some don’t aspire to managerial positions, those ICs or Individual Contributors, but how do you know and what do you need to know to make an impact in a senior role?
1) Know thy plan of action
As a technology leader, you have to maintain oversight over the entire project, take decisions, and also empower all the technologists in your team. The plan of action covers everything, including the choice of design, the choice of software, product development, and the final expected outcome.
Moreover, sometimes, your entire team might not be aware of all types of tech work required, but they will look up to you for help. So, ensure that you know the steps inside-out and also be able to communicate it to your team.
2) Know when to correct
With a role like a Lead Architect or a Tech Lead, you have to keep an eye on the glitches, system errors, or coding issues in the products under development.
As a leader, you should be able to politely handle the problem, ask the stakeholders to fix it, or at least consult your authority before making the final decision.ṣ
Sometimes, you might even have to combine multiple technologies across the business and a few other times, you might not be in favor of it. As a tech leader, you must take a stand and voice your concerns, but also be open to discussion.
To learn, to grow, and to sustain, that should be the ultimate aim!
3) Know how to work with your community
As a technology leader, you will probably have to work with multiple other teams and departments, across the entire company, sometimes even across multiple locations.
Hence, it is important for you to understand hierarchy, where you work with both vertically and horizontally integrated teams.
In each segment of the community, aim to be a positive influence, appreciate co-workers, and be open-minded. A technology leader has to encourage community talent while also grooming oneself in the journey. So, keep building your skill set and using your knowledge to achieve greater heights with the team.
4) Know the value of conversations
When it comes to domain knowledge or gaining specific information, technology leaders have to be on their toes.
Transfer of knowledge via conversations, workshops, and networking events are the best solution to achieve not just a social connection but also professional insight. It can be just a 10-min coffee break when you can discuss your product, find a new idea to incorporate new features, learn about a new trend in the industry, or help someone make a breakthrough.
Infact, sometimes you might be following a traditional approach, thinking it is the only option but you meet a co-lead and realize that they have a software which is a new-age design and can reduce your workload.
So, voila! Exchange of ideas, increased productivity, and a good chat, win-win situation for everyone.
Over to you…
Opportunities are limitless, you just need to be able to seize them at the right moment and right place.
Your team looks up to you for training, for hope, for mentoring, and for action. If you think you can’t do it alone, you can also consider professional technology teams training courses to help upskill your team. However, always stay grounded and be willing to build up a model from scratch because that is the only way perfection can be achieved.
A technology leader is known to be the backbone of the entire management team, so start the trip and succeed in it!