It's hard being the ranking dev leader. Your peers think of you as technical. Your team thinks of you as a suit. You're trapped in between two worlds. And that's our opportunity to provide value to our organization. I learned to embrace my role as translator. My job was to bring business context to the dev team and visibility to the exec team. Without empathy and understanding on both sides, your company will never see the full value in your team and your people will never reach their full potential.