Unlocking IC Career Growth Through Management Experience

Aug 22, 2023 by manish

Even when committed to an IC career path, if staff+ engineers try out management once, it can accelerate their IC career. 💡

It is easy to say, I know what managers do and I am not interested.

But there is a big difference between observing managers vs actually doing that role first hand.

There are so many skills you’ll be forced to learn that will be valuable as a senior technical leader too.

The most important one is empathy.💞

But here are some more that come to mind:

→ How to get work done through others 🤝
→ Emotional intelligence 👥
→ Collaboration on a deeper level 🌐
→ Inclusive decision-making. 🌈
→ Growing people as a primary responsibility 🌱
→ Hiring decisions and headcount planning 🔮

And countless other skills becoming increasingly important as you approach senior leadership roles in tech. 🚀

For instance, you’ll be in a better position to navigate large technical projects, partner with engineering managers or understand team dynamics. 👨‍💻👩‍💻

Think of it as adding another dimension to your technical chops. 🛠️

I’ll highly recommend reading the popular blog article (link in the comments) – “The Engineer/Manager Pendulum” by Charity Majors that echoes this sentiment. 😇

I am interested to hear your thoughts or experiences around this 😊🗨️