Navigating Ambiguity in Engineering Leadership

Deekshita Amaravadi

Engineering Leader at Justworks


Navigating Ambiguity in Engineering Leadership

Explore strategies for effectively managing ambiguity and uncertainty as an engineering leader.

In a recent conversation with a fellow engineer, we discussed the challenges of navigating ambiguity in engineering leadership roles. We touched on various topics, including career growth, mentorship, and the importance of open communication. Here are some key insights from our conversation:

Embracing Change and Growth

One of the main themes of our discussion was the importance of embracing change and seeking out new opportunities for growth. As engineers, it's easy to become comfortable in our roles and resist change. However, to continue growing and advancing in our careers, we must be open to new challenges and opportunities.

> "If you haven't been seeking out other positions or roles, now is the time to do so. Change is good, and it's an opportunity to reinvent yourself and start something new." - Engineer

Nurturing Mentorship

We also discussed the value of mentorship and how it can contribute to personal and professional growth. As an engineering leader, it's important to take on the role of a mentor and guide junior team members. However, it can be challenging to know where to start and how to navigate this role effectively.

> "I want to get better at mentorship, especially with a software engineer on my team. I want to help her grow and become a senior engineer. But I'm not sure how to approach it or what questions to ask." -Engineer

Overcoming Fear and Seeking Feedback

We acknowledged that fear and self-doubt can often hold us back from taking on new challenges or seeking feedback. It's important to overcome these fears and have open conversations with our managers and team members about our career goals and aspirations.

> "Sometimes, we just need to overcome our fears and have direct conversations with our managers. It's okay to ask for feedback and express our career goals. The worst that can happen is being told 'no,' but at least we'll have clarity on where we stand." - Deekshita Amaravadi

The Role of Communication

Throughout our conversation, we emphasized the importance of open and honest communication. It's crucial to have regular check-ins with our managers to discuss career growth, mentorship opportunities, and any challenges we may be facing.

> "Clear communication is key. If you're interested in a specific role or opportunity, don't hesitate to bring it up with your manager. They may not have all the answers, but at least your name will be in the hat when the opportunity arises." - Deekshita Amaravadi

In our next session, we plan to delve deeper into the topic of mentorship and discuss strategies for effectively mentoring junior team members. We will explore how to navigate the mentorship role, provide guidance, and help others grow in their careers.

Overall, our conversation highlighted the importance of embracing change, seeking growth opportunities, and fostering open communication in engineering leadership roles. By overcoming fear and seeking feedback, we can navigate ambiguity and uncertainty with confidence and continue to grow both personally and professionally.

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Deekshita Amaravadi

Engineering Leader at Justworks

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