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Navigating the transition from individual contributor to leader can be a difficult endeavor if you are not properly prepared. This transition represents a paradigm shift on many different levels. As you progress in your career, you will undoubtedly encounter this transition. You must be mentally and emotionally prepared to change behaviors and thought patterns that you may have developed over your career to that point.
We will discuss some tips that I have gleaned form my own experience in transitioning from software engineer, to software engineering manager, to director of software engineering.