Qualities of an Exceptional Tech Lead

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With some of the startups we work with they want to make a Tech Lead a part of their team. Here we list below some qualities to look for to find an exceptional tech lead.

Technical Expertise

A Tech Lead should possess a strong foundation in technical skills relevant to your startup’s domain. That is experience in what you want to focus on. They should have a deep understanding of programming languages, software architecture, and industry best practices. Their ability to navigate complex technical challenges while making informed decisions is crucial for maintaining a competitive edge.

Leadership and Communication

Exceptional leadership qualities are indispensable for a Tech Lead. They should inspire and motivate their team members, foster a culture of collaboration, and effectively communicate the vision and goals of the startup. Strong interpersonal skills allow them to build relationships, resolve conflicts, and ensure that the team is aligned with the overall business objectives.

Problem Solving and Decision Making

A Tech Lead faces numerous challenges on a daily basis. Their ability to analyze complex problems, identify viable solutions, and make informed decisions is vital. A data-driven approach, combined with critical thinking skills, allows them to mitigate risks, optimize processes, and drive continuous improvement.


In the fast-paced tech industry, change is constant. A Tech Lead should embrace new technologies, stay up-to-date with emerging trends, and possess a curiosity-driven mindset. Their willingness to learn and adapt enables them to guide their team through technological advancements and seize new opportunities.

Mentoring and Team Development

Nurturing a strong and cohesive team is a fundamental responsibility of a Tech Lead. They should mentor junior team members, foster a culture of knowledge sharing, and provide guidance to help individuals grow both technically and professionally. Effective delegation and empowerment of team members contribute to the overall success of the startup.

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Chad Jones

Chad is the Founder and CEO at Push and was a former Apple Engineer before returning to Saskatchewan to revolutionize the mobile development world. Chad is passionate about creating efficient, well-designed software.