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It’s no secret that tech leaders face a lot of challenges: from the ones connected to managing the team, through finding the balance between management and programming, to properly aligning the company’s business vision with technology.
In this handbook, we’re going to address all these problems and look for solutions.
Being a CTO or a leader of the tech team means more than leadership.
To be a better leader, you need to grow competences to handle each of these aspects.
To make positive and timely decisions, remember that the most obvious answer isn’t necessarily the right one. Be aware of what you’re basing your decision on, but simultaneously don’t be afraid of making a mistake.
Manifest management skills, tough work ethic, and base your authority on advice, example, mutual respect, and coaching.
Problem-solving at the leadership level must be aligned with the company’s strategy and its business goals. Problem-solving skills involve striving to understand the problem, asking the right questions, visualizing certain processes, evaluating options, selecting one or a few, and monitoring results.
Leaders must follow industry trends and constantly analyze. You need to constantly figure out how technology could drive the whole company toward growth. On the other hand, you need to learn about customer needs and expectations to have that in mind while creating technology.
It may be unexpected here, but developing empathy and emotional intelligence is crucial to understand people, their motivations, as well as to be able to give them negative feedback in the way they don’t feel criticized.
If you want to dive deeper into the topic of leading a software development team, proceed to the next chapters of this handbook.
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