How To Become A Tech Leader – Story of Software S03E11

Kateryna Gridina, Engineering Manager at Jodel, shares her own career journey in the tech sector, and her insights on career progression towards becoming a tech leader.


The Guest – Kateryna Gridina, Engineering Manager, Jodel

Kateryna Gridina is an Engineering Manager at Jodel, a Berlin-based company building a platform that is creating a unique way for people to share and connect at a local level. Kateryna joins us to share some context about her own career journey in the technology sector, and we get her insights on career progression towards becoming a tech leader in today’s work environment.


The Route to Tech Leadership

In today’s technology-driven world, the role of a technology leader transcends conventional management; it embodies the essence of guidance, innovation, and strategic direction. A successful tech leader’s arsenal should comprise of soft skills such as adaptability, communication, and empathy. However, we see that most of the time, successful tech people are thrust into leadership roles, without being provided the necessary training for utilising their soft skills. So, how should future leaders prepare themselves to take on such roles and excel at them? 

Some of the topics covered include:

  • The right motivation and skills needed to become a tech leader
  • The role of people management and soft skills in tech leadership
  • Training & gaining the skills expected of a strong leader



Q: Are you born for leadership or do you become one because you push yourself in that direction?

I don’t believe in being born for something. I think you need to really work and try things to understand what’s working for you, what you like, what you don’t like. The most important thing is that you like what you are doing, and from that you can develop any skill you need to be successful. If you don’t like something, of course, you can still work at it, but you will not be happy and this will reflect in your work as well. 


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