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I am working as a senior software engineer.

I want to be a tech lead. I have started studying as much as I can.

Apart from concepts what is required to be a techlead.
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Question by:KaranGupta
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by:Éric Moreau
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you will be required some human skills (listen, communicate, ...) that can hardly be learned in books!
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by:KaranGupta
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Then how to practice


The place where I live has so many institutes but none of them are upto the mark.
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by:Éric Moreau
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Then find a mentor.
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by:KaranGupta
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But apart from soft skills what technical skills I do require for that.


Is there is any certification for that.
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Éric Moreau earned 500 total points
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I am not aware of any "TechLead" certifications. In North America, you are named with this title after proving that you know your stuff and that you are able to manage small teams.

Sure you can pass the exams of Microsoft and be a MCTS or a MCPD to help you on the technical side but that alone does not prove much.
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by:Paranormastic
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Hopefully you are currently employed?  I would bring it up to your manager that this is where you would like to see yourself going but don't know how to go about doing it.  Ask them what all would be expected at your current place and such.  If nothing else, it shows ambition, which is usually a good thing.
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by:Paranormastic
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If you're looking for a cert, consider looking at the Six Sigma stuff.  This is more managerial stuff, but would at least help you get familiarized with some of the basic concepts.  Even just being a green belt in 6sigma would be beneficial if that is the road you are going down.  Anything higher than that requires a higher level cert holder to be a mentor so you can earn a black belt, etc.
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by:shahprabal
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I think the first thing that is considered before you get to be a team lead is if you can mentor other in your team. If you can solve their problems, technical road blocks and can understand high level architectural designs you are ready to be a team lead.
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by:Paranormastic
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That's the way it should be, but often is not.  Management tends to look at the person that they interface with the most, to be their go-to person (not necessarily the workers' go-to person, but that doesn't hurt) for status updates, general questions, and so forth.  The team lead isn't a leader of the team so much as the lead person within the team for mgmt to interface with instead of wasting their time trying to figure out who to talk to - that's the team lead's job is to do the grunt work to get the answer from the right person if they don't already know it themselves.

Remember - leadership roles don't come from doing your job the best, it comes from making the person above you's job easier.
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