Would you write this story if you were CTO at Ladders and wasn’t technical? Different said: Was it crucial for Washington to shoot accurately? or having very good stamina? Was Napoleon a good soldier?
I am technical, but I am not convinced that being technical is required to lead a tech company. To quote George Box; “All models are wrong, some are useful” (which wasn’t his exact quote, but that’s being technical)
It can help te be technical, but I believe the’re the same amount of cases where being technical is counterproductive.
It’s like saying that if you’re not good at math, you’ll suck at code.
On the softer side; I like the article :-)