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Level Up - Issue #86


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April 4 · Issue #86 · View online

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

You’re not alone
I finished up a longer, bespoke technical leadership training program for a client this week. As part of our closing session, we invited many to reflect on the program and share an insight or lesson learned. A common theme that emerged was, “Recognising that I am not alone.
I hear this a lot from many first-time leaders. I think it’s especially a shock for engineers transitioning into a leadership role because they’d previously worked with so many other engineers in the same role and find themselves suddenly in a unique role.
A leadership program in the same company establishes opportunities for leaders to find their support. When people learn and share experiences together, they hear about people who have tackled a situation someone else is facing, and give them an opportunity to ask questions like, “What did you do in that situation? What worked? What didn’t work?” If your company doesn’t offer a program like this, you’ll have to put in more effort - reaching out to peers both within and outside of your organisation to build your own support network.
Leadership might feel lonely, but it doesn’t have to be. You can do something about it.
For this week, try this: Reach out to someone you don’t work with on a day-to-day basis but is in a similar role, and ask if you can have a coffee (virtual or not) to swap experiences.
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You don't have to feel lonely in leadership roles
You don't have to feel lonely in leadership roles
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A great thread worth reading 👇
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Many people around me considered my move from Head of Engineering (Manager) at SN to an individual contributor (IC) role at Stripe a "step down". I don't think it's a step down at all.

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