Leadership is one of the most, if not the most, important parts of an organization. The leadership has to make all the major decisions that will decide the fate of the company. Their job requires them to find flaws in products and get to the root cause of the problems. This helps them to expand their perspective and learn what they don’t know. The fate of the company lies not only in the hands of the present leadership but the future leaders as well because it will determine sustainability and profitability in the long-run. Poor leadership plans and models could mean that the future of the company might be at risk. Therefore, good leaders pay special attention to building leadership teams that can lead their companies to the future.
But where should they start looking? Well, we have a proposition. If you’re an independent software testing company, your testers can be your best option (or those who have testing experience outside your company). The following are the reasons why software testers can prove to be a great fit for your leadership teams.
- Inquisitive Nature
Testers are curious by nature. Their job requires them to find flaws in products and get to the root cause of the problems. This helps them to expand their perspective and learn what they don’t know. This is a quality of a leader that he has to take all aspects into account and find the root cause of the problem to be able to solve it.
- Critical Thinking
One of the primary roles of leaders in the decision making of which critical thinking is a crucial ingredient. This ability helps them to identify contradictions, connect disparate ideas, and determine what’s relevant and what’s not. Much similar to what testers do when they evaluate software while searching for defects and collaborate with developers to solve complex problems logically.
- Problem Solving
Testers’ job revolves around the idea of problem-solving. They go to work every day to test the software in all possible ways to see if there is any sort of problem. They pinpoint the problems, think of potential fixes, and create a well-rounded defect report for the developers. Leaders have a much similar job at hand. For any problem that crops up, the leadership is responsible to identify, diagnose, and resolve it.
Leaders must be able to adapt to changes in technology, market, customer demands, etc. quickly to ensure business growth and success. Changes can be both expected and unexpected. Testers on the other hand also have to be highly adaptable and cope up with ever-evolving testing requirements to achieve their goals.
- Strong Communication Skills
Whatever role you have in an organization, the importance of communication skills is right up there. Whether you have to share overall goals with your team, motivate them, or getting them on board for new projects, without effective communication, you won’t be able to do any of these tasks. Both leaders and testers exercise these skills in their daily routines. Testers require these skills to articulate the defects they’ve found to developers as well as for their interactions with business analysts and test managers.
These are the 5 common qualities that leaders and testers have. But how do you make a transition from a tester to a leader? It’s all about willingness and mindset, even if you’re not in a leadership position. For an independent software testing company, it’s important to not get lost in the fast-paced present without planning for the future.
Ray Parker is an entrepreneur and tech enthusiast who loves to incorporate new technologies to get more efficient outcomes. When he’s not marketing his latest venture, he keeps himself busy in writing technical articles to educate peers and professionals.