👋 Intro to Irina I interviewed Irina Stanescu, an ex-Uber Staff Engineer and writer of The Caring Techie Newsletter . What makes Irina special? Across Google and Uber, Irina progressed from a new-grad engineer to Staff Engineer, tech lead, and manager within 8 years.
Irina & Jordan, what a great interview. This is filled with action packed advice for engineers tying to hone their leadership skills. Must read for all!
Also thanks for the mention.
Great analogy with the box.
Initially, I thought that you can't lead without being a high-level executive because you have no power or authority.
But leadership doesn't mean deciding the direction of a 500 people org. Leadership at your level is whenever you go above and beyond outside your responsibilities. Be it a junior's responsibilities or the VP of engineering's responsibilities
Thank you Irina for sharing your knowledge, and Jordan for always writing things beautifully.
A good lesson I can share to this is perhaps is when one team member proactively initiates new things, it shouldn’t appear over-stepping his/her tech lead. So as long as everyone has the best interest of everyone, the company first and not of personal gain alone.
This is a great article on leadership.
There is something for everyone no matter what level you are at.
Thanks for putting it together Jordan and Irina!