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This can flow both ways. I've had great engineers on my team that people were scared to approach because most of those conversations resulted in the questioner discovering they were wrong about something or missing some knowledge. Ideally people who are afraid of that are coached up to be happy to learn instead.

That only works if the great engineer is also excited to learn and help. If they call people stupid or fail to listen to all the details because they prejudge the situation, then they're more of the "brilliant jerk" archetype -- but they often aren't as brilliant as they think they are.




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