Ask HN: Advice for an introverted new team lead?

Hello HN,

It's that old question again, but this time it comes from maybe a slightly different place.

I'm a fairly introverted person. I've been a sysadmin for over 20 years, and always been happy to work from the back office up to my elbows in terminals and code. I've not sought out the spotlight, pushed to lead, nor tried to tell others what to do. I've always thought of that as something I simply couldn't do.

Recently I've been put forward for a team lead role, managing just a handful of devops positions. I've been highly praised for a whole slew of stuff, and now I'm a team lead, and way way way out of my comfort zone. If I am honest with myself, I am terrified of all the things that may go wrong.

HN, I need your advice on how to be an introverted team lead. Those of you with a similar outlook on life, how did you cope? How did you manage all the meetings, 1 to 1s, vendor calls, and more? Were there any books that helped you, and were there any that you would avoid like the plague?

Any advice will be deeply appreciated.


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