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How can I be the best CTO to my team, especially as we grow?

I've been lucky to have worked with some very intelligent people in the past, and the difference between having a good leader vs. bad leader I feel are very situational. As an example, look at Jeff Bezos vs. Elon Musk. I don't think that Jeff Bezos is actually any worse of a manager vs. Elon Musk. However, the difference between the success of SpaceX vs. Blue Origin is that Elon has a plan for rocketry whereas Jeff does not. When Jeff has a plan (Amazon), things go rather well. So from the perspective of a lower level manager, what I want a CTO to provide to the rest of the organization is as follows: 1. Have a vision for where the IT organization needs to go. i.e. identify key problems and hurdles that prevent the organization to do what they have to do. 2. Have a plan to address these issues. It needn't be detailed, but once the problems are identified, to have a framework of a plan that the people below you can flesh out and execute. While everyone talks about the soft skills of management, I feel that working for a rudderless organization is the biggest morale killer.

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I've been lucky to have worked with some very intelligent people in the past, and the difference between having a good leader vs. bad leader I feel are very situational. As an example, look at Jeff Bezos vs. Elon Musk. I don't think that Jeff Bezos is actually any worse of a manager vs. Elon Musk. However, the difference between the success of SpaceX vs. Blue Origin is that Elon has a plan for rocketry whereas Jeff does not. When Jeff has a plan (Amazon), things go rather well. So from the perspective of a lower level manager, what I want a CTO to provide to the rest of the organization is as follows: 1. Have a vision for where the IT organization needs to go. i.e. identify key problems and hurdles that prevent the organization to do what they have to do. 2. Have a plan to address these issues. It needn't be detailed, but once the problems are identified, to have a framework of a plan that the people below you can flesh out and execute. While everyone talks about the soft skills of management, I feel that working for a rudderless organization is the biggest morale killer.
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I agree with what Eric said. I would like to add that "deep" technical knowledge is a requirement these days for most CTOs, in my experience, I noticed that teams reporting to CTOs suffered from: 1. Lack of proper technical knowledge and understanding from the CTO to address the organization requirements/challenges 2. CTO unwilling to accept feedback from subordinates and setting the organization's course to whatever he/she thinks is appropriate without proper considerations, sadly in some cases such CTOs leave the organization, and the team suffers from these incorrect decisions. Being openminded, technically aware, having meaningful discussions with your team and setting/aligning the course together is a key factor to be the best CTO to your team.
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