What is technical leadership? Is it a genetic trait of a technologist or a skill that can be learned? This interactive talk will present a model of technical leadership. The model is not trait-based; you will not be shown a list of the 10 qualities of a technical leader. Rather, the technical leadership model presents a theory of how technical leaders think in such a way that they can make better decisions that avoid costly mistakes. This model provides an actionable plan for developers, team leaders, and architects to further develop their skills.