When you’re the tech lead, all eyes (or ears) are on you. That’s one reason why they say leadership is visual.
Social animals, like humans, are hard wired to look at the leader a lot more often and pay a lot more attention to the leader’s non verbal signals and other emotional clues.
As if you didn’t need more to be nervous about!
Here you are, a new tech lead: you’ve trying to understand and articulate complex, sometimes abstract concepts; you’re trying to navigate the complexities of the personalities in the room; you’ve got deadline pressures; you might even have an adversarial client, product manager, or management in the room with; and now I’m telling you to somehow control the nonverbal signals you’re sending out?
Here’s the bad news: it’s very, very hard to control or manage your nonverbal signals. Trying to do so is actually a recipe for disaster.
The good news is there’s an easy hack. At 5:00 a.m. this morning, I published the third episode of the Tech Lead Coaching Network podcast where I give you an easy tech leadership hack.
(Spoiler alert: change your mindset going into the meeting and it will all fall into place for you.)