Summary of The Foundation of Technical Leadership

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The Foundation of Technical Leadership summary
“Technical leaders” don’t get bogged down in their own brilliant code but help others along.


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Front-End architect, designer, and developer Brandon Gregory provides practical tips for kind and effective “technical leadership.” Gregory uses relatable examples, humble introspection and a dash of humor to describe the soft skills technical leaders need. While some of his advice would be useful for any leader, getAbstract recommends this short, hands-on article to tech geeks who need a leadership primer.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How a “technical expert” differs from a “technical leader,”
  • What skills distinguish an effective technical leader and
  • How to influence people’s reactions to glitches and disasters.


A “technical leader” isn’t the same as a “technical expert.” Technical know-how is essential, but technical leaders need people and communication skills and, above all, a desire to help others. Ensure that colleagues will come to you with their questions. Always be available for guidance. Whatever you...
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About the Author

Brandon Gregory is a designer, developer and front-end architect for a pharmaceutical marketing agency.

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