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My recommended reading list for new leads (in order):

  • "Leadership 101" John C Maxwell

Quick and to the point. Will help you get in the right mindset.

  • "The Manager's Path" by Camille Fournier

Much more detail, gets into the all the little bits about how leadership manifests in tech/software teams.

  • "The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You" by John C Maxwell

Classic leadership tome by Maxwell. You'll see it on "top 10 leadership books" lists and I highly recommend it.

Resist the urge to micromanage and get comfortable being in a meeting or a call when someone on the team needs to make a decision. Get to know your team and trust them to be the creators.

 
 
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