The management path isn’t the only way to be a technical leader. I don’t wish to become a manager; I tried it briefly (73 days to be exact, I counted) and decided managing other people wasn’t where my passion lies. I like being an engineer. In particular, I flourish in a strategic technical leadership role.
This used to be hard to accomplish. It still is, but it used to be, too. 😏
Hopefully we see more engineers like Keavy thriving without having to make the switch to management. Writing about it, talking about it, and showing success stories is a good start towards that end.