Team Leadership Toolkit: Two types of 1:1s

2023-06-14 | 3 min read

Team Leadership Toolkit: Two types of 1:1s

A lot of great things have been written about 1:1s and giving feedback so if you want more, see the links at the end of this post!

As you start having 1:1s with your team it can be difficult to decide on what exactly you should do in these meetings and how often to have them. Depending on your company there might be guidelines but they may be focusing on performance feedback and yearly review cycles.

To me, there are two distinct types of 1:1 meetings you should have:

A frequent and short 1:1

A less frequent conversation on career development

Neither of these replaces giving feedback in a timely manner (don’t wait for a 1:1 in three weeks to give feedback!) or looking at team-wide needs and improvements in retrospectives.

Further reading:

The ‘team leadership toolkit’ is a series of bite-sized articles on techniques I find helpful as a software engineering team lead.

Having shared most of this with peers and mentees in an unstructured way, I’ve started this to concisely describe the What, Why and How of things that work for me and might be helpful for others.

What about you? What’s in your ‘leadership toolkit’? I’d love to hear your comments or posts!