Notes: Introduction to Leadership and Management for Developers

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This is my first writeup on the medium blog so please excuse brevity! I am a software developer by profession. Trying to learn something new I stumbled upon a course Introduction to Leadership and Management for Developers by Dan Appleman from Pluralsight

The course is fantastic and is entirely pragmatic! Most of the traits covered in this course are already practiced by most of software developers and managers like us(consciously or unconsciously) or you may have read these in some management or psychology books. Nonetheless, this course will act as a great refresher! This 4 hrs course is nicely compiled by author who himself was a developer for 20+ years and he tried to explain leadership as a dev task. He emphasizes the important of having emotional intelligence at work and stresses the fact that in order to lead effectively we should use emotion as well as logic i.e. a balance of left and right brain. Also, one should never assume that what you said is what they actually heard. What you say doesn’t matter, all that matters is how it was interpreted.

I prepared some rough notes during this course. Feel free to glance through them (attached). I want to echo the closing comments of this course that you may be leader or not, acquiring these leadership skills is good to keep in your armory. It is like insurance policy. You may never want to use it but it’s nice to know it’s there if you need it 😊

-Abhineet

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