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June 26 · Issue #150 · View online

Level Up delivers a curated newsletter for leaders in tech. A project by https://patkua.com. Ideal for busy people such as Tech Leads, Engineering Managers, VPs of Engineering, CTOs and more.


Leading as an introvert
In one of my workshops this week, a person asked the question, “Do you have to be an extrovert to be an effective leader?” The short answer is, “No.” A good reference book here is by Susan Cain, “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.”
You might be surprised but a lot of people in technology are introverts and this means a lot of technology leaders are also introverts (which includes myself!) Like many characteristics of a good leader, start with self-awareness.
If you identify as an introvert, then there are surprising benefits to being an introvert that can lend strengths as a leader (tl;dr being a good listener, more thoughtfully processing information, and more observant). Lean into these strengths and find opportunities to apply them well.
To succeed as an introverted leader, you will need to be more diligent about managing your energy. After all, interacting with many people all day will typically drain your “battery”, so make sure you find approaches that allow you to recharge. This short article offers some good tips how.
Remember that there are a wide variety of people and this also means there are a wide variety of ways to succeed as a leader.
Enjoy this week’s newsletter, and please pass it on to a friend or colleague who might benefit.
Future dates for Shortcut to Tech Leadership and Engineering Manager Essentials are published and go on sale in Jul. Until then, consider using the summer time to level up your skills with self-paced courses at the http://techlead.academy

Introverted leaders are just as succcesful, but know they need to manage their energy levels
Introverted leaders are just as succcesful, but know they need to manage their energy levels
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Tweets of the Week
Dunning Kruger effect in action 😅
Jem Young
I used to be like "What do managers even do with their time? Emails and docs aren't hard."

What a fool I was. Context switching, ensuring team and partners are aligned, and critical decision making are just a few of the aspects of being a technical leader.
So true! Read this thread for more 👇
Gene Kim
One of biggest learnings for me was the importance of architecture to get great outcomes, both in DevOps and in any engineered system.

I was trying to think of a great example of modularity, and started marveling at the USB interface.
Thanks for making it this far! 🤗
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