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We've all heard of T-shaped engineers: engineers who have deep skills in one area, as well as a broader set of skills in others.

The term normally refers to technical skills, but a lot of comparisons can be made with leadership skills in a Staff+ role: you'll normally know one area, and the people within it, very well, but you often have to adapt and work outside of this depending on what the situation requires.

In this talk Michael will talk through lessons and tips he's learnt when working on a project that pushed him outside of his comfort zone, and how you can effectively utilise the skills and knowledge of those around you to build alignment when leading across a broad set of teams who are often using very different technologies.