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The Essential Behavioral Traits for Aspiring Tech Leads

We call ourselves a “tech” company for a reason.

What might it be?

Our experience says that tech is a great servant but a terrible leader.

Still, many software businesses make the mistake of focusing too much on tech and less on other important traits.

Through our businesses, products, and venture-building activities, we focus on leveraging tech to create impeccable human experiences.

When tech companies focus on leveraging tech, their teams, by design, do not act as followers.

We live in the era of AI, and while we are witnessing ChatGPT take over the world, certain traits will pay dividends to tech professionals.

The best example I could relate to modern AI is a Calculator. Before the calculator was invented, maths was there; after the calculator was invented, maths remains – albeit its speed and abstraction have changed.

Whether you’re an engineer looking to move into a leadership role or an aspiring tech executive, having the right combination of technical knowledge and leadership skills is crucial for success.

To help you on your journey to becoming a successful technical leader, we’ve compiled a list of the top 30 behavioral traits that can benefit aspiring leaders in the tech industry:

  1. Adaptability: The ability to adjust to changing circumstances and pivot when necessary.
  2. Analytical thinking: The ability to break down complex problems into smaller, manageable parts.
  3. Attention to detail: A keen eye for detail and a commitment to accuracy and precision.
  4. Collaboration: The ability to work effectively to achieve a common goal.
  5. Communication skills: Clear, concise, and compelling communication is essential for successful leadership.
  6. Confidence: The belief in oneself and one’s abilities.
  7. Creativity: The ability to think outside the box and generate new and innovative ideas.
  8. Critical thinking: The ability to analyze information, identify patterns, and make informed decisions.
  9. Customer-centric approach: A focus on the needs and wants of the customer, with a commitment to delivering exceptional customer service.
  10. Decision-making skills: The ability to make informed and confident decisions on time.
  11. Delegation skills: The ability to delegate tasks effectively while maintaining control and accountability.
  12. Emotional intelligence: The ability to understand and manage one’s own emotions, as well as the feelings of others.
  13. Entrepreneurial spirit: A drive to take risks and create new opportunities.
  14. Flexibility: The ability to adapt to changing circumstances and adjust plans as needed.
  15. Focus: The ability to concentrate on the task and stay on track.
  16. Forward-thinking: A forward-thinking perspective focused on the future and a commitment to continuous improvement.
  17. Generosity: A willingness to share knowledge, resources, and opportunities with others.
  18. Humility: A humble demeanor with a focus on the collective success of the team.
  19. Integrity: A commitment to honesty, transparency, and ethical behavior.
  20. Interpersonal skills: The ability to build and maintain positive relationships with others.
  21. Intuition: The ability to trust one’s instincts and make informed decisions based on gut feeling.
  22. Leadership skills: Strong leadership skills, with the ability to inspire and motivate others.
  23. Listening skills: The ability to actively listen to others and understand their perspectives.
  24. Logical thinking: The ability to think logically and make informed decisions based on reason and evidence.
  25. Long-term vision: A clear and long-term vision for the future, focusing on sustainability and growth.
  26. Mentorship skills: The ability to guide and support others, helping them to reach their full potential.
  27. Open-mindedness: An open-minded approach with a willingness to consider new ideas and perspectives.
  28. Organization skills: The ability to prioritize tasks and manage time effectively.
  29. Passion: A genuine passion for the work and a drive to make a positive impact.
  30. Perseverance: A commitment to seeing a project through to completion, even facing challenges.

While the above list of leadership traits is only partial, it can provide a good starting point for success in your career.