You definitely want your recommenders to write awesome things about your project management and leadership capabilities, even if your primary task at work was technical. And there are leadership tasks that employees take up from time to time - it's just not recognised often enough.
You have a few choices:
1) Think about whether he would accept feedback from you - you could approach him or her, very politely of course, and mention that you require glowing recommendations about those dimensions of your personality as well, and explain why.
2) If he/she is not the very approachable sort - you could consider getting a letter from someone who is more so.
Hope that helps!
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