Books To Read If You Are Or Want To Be A Tech Lead
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As each one of us begins in the area of technology, we always know that person, the one who has been there longer than you, the person who leads, who is not a boss, is a leader.
For this reason, I have done research on the type of leader that one day I would like to be and I found between recommendation, search, questions, and interviews, the compilation of books that I leave you next.
DISCLAIMER: This is my own list, it is not a definitive list nor is there a way to go, it is my point of view and my recommendations for anyone who wants to be a good leader.
Start With Why
This is one of the books that I want to read the most, it has been highly recommended to me, I have seen it in many places and good things are said about this book.
Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their success over and over?
People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with why. It was their natural ability to start with why that enabled them to inspire those around them and to achieve remarkable things.
An Elegant Puzzle
This book is one that I managed to find, I had my doubts about it but, reading the reviews and opinions, I knew it was a good book that would be worth reading. In the end, we should have our own opinion, so if you find a book with some negative opinions, give it a try, you might be in for a surprise.
There’s a saying that people don’t leave companies, they leave managers. Management is a key part of any organization, yet the discipline is often self-taught and unstructured. Getting to the good solutions of complex management challenges can make the difference between fulfillment and frustration for teams, and, ultimately, the success or failure of companies.
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The Manager’s Path
This book cannot be missing from this list, it is a well-known book. This was a gift that a plant engineer gave me and for which I am very grateful. This book says a lot about what you as a leader expect of others and vice versa, what others expect of you, a highly recommended book.
Managing people is difficult wherever you work, but the tech industry as a whole is pretty bad at it. Tech companies in general lack the experience, tools, texts, and frameworks to do it well. And the handful of books that share tips and tricks of engineering management don t explain how to supervise employees in the face of growth and change.
Dare to Lead
This is a book that I came across by chance, in a post I was reading a long time ago (sadly I can’t remember the name of the blog), when reading the description and your reviews I realized that it was one of the best books out there read and I have to read.
For that and other reasons, Dare To Lead is on this book list.
This book deals with the leadership part of the human side, sometimes the hardest part to see.
Leadership is not about titles, status and power over people. Leaders are people who hold themselves accountable for recognizing the potential in people and ideas, and developing that potential. This is a book for everyone who is ready to choose courage over comfort, make a difference and lead.
When we dare to lead, we don’t pretend to have the right answers; we stay curious and ask the right questions. We don’t see power as finite and hoard it; we know that power becomes infinite when we share it and work to align authority and accountability. We don’t avoid difficult conversations and situations; we lean into the vulnerability that’s necessary to do good work.
Each change will always be good as long as the final result is better than the previous one. Going from a position to being Tech Lead, Manager, CTO, whatever it is, is a change and that is why we also have to change the way we think and act.
It will help you identify and change your growth mindset in many areas of your day-to-day life.
And the last but not least.
Never Split The Difference
In that transition, or being in that leadership position, you must have the ability to negotiate with other areas or peers from you in the team or in the company.
That is why this book can be of great help to you.
The author tells you about his own experiences from when he was a negotiator, in the end, you will have to close deals with your peers and stakeholders in real life.
After a stint policing the rough streets of Kansas City, Missouri, Chris Voss joined the FBI, where his career as a kidnapping negotiator brought him face-to-face with bank robbers, gang leaders and terrorists. Never Split the Difference takes you inside his world of high-stakes negotiations, revealing the nine key principles that helped Voss and his colleagues succeed when it mattered the most — when people’s lives were at stake.
No Rules Rules
This is one of the books that I most want to read, it is a recommendation from a person close to me and whom I greatly admire.
This book goes beyond the culture of a company, it will make and create a change of mentality in the culture.
There has never before been a company like Netflix. It has led nothing short of a revolution in the entertainment industries, generating billions of dollars in annual revenue while capturing the imaginations of hundreds of millions of people in over 190 countries. But to reach these great heights, Netflix, which launched in 1998 as an online DVD rental service, has had to reinvent itself over and over again. This type of unprecedented flexibility would have been impossible without the counterintuitive and radical management principles that cofounder Reed Hastings established from the very beginning. Hastings rejected the conventional wisdom under which other companies operate and defied tradition to instead build a culture focused on freedom and responsibility, one that has allowed Netflix to adapt and innovate as the needs of its members and the world have simultaneously transformed.
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