Leadership has been described as "a process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task".

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How to work on behalf of manager? [closed]

My manager is out on holiday. I need to work on his behalf. What are the best way to motivate team members who are peers. How to add value during his absence.
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Diffusing leadership politics for the sake of a project's success

To keep this short. How can you tactfully and effectively tell a group of people who while although technically have superiority over you in your role within an organization. They have never done ...
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Should I tell an employee she's sabotaging herself, two weeks before I leave my job?

I am currently the manager of a team of 15 people. In two weeks' time I will leave this job for a totally different one, in a different sector and a neighbouring city. At my current job, I have one ...
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How can an experienced employee convince his manager to give team lead role & more responsibility?

I am an experienced IT professional who was leading a small team in my previous company. I joined a new company a few months back. My manager & most team members are completely new to IT, and ...
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I was asked to be the “temporary” lead of a voluntary team, but it's not temporary. How do I step down graciously?

We are going through a system modernization (government) and volunteer teams from each division were formed to work on the effort with the vendor. I volunteered to be a member of the team to assist, ...
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As a new teamlead, how to bring a subordinate's misconducts to attention of your manager

This is related to my previous question. In short, I have recently become teamlead of a team, which I had just joined. Problem is that I have a bossy, arrogant subordinate. In order to address the ...
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Advice about having discussion with a bossy subordinate who undermines my authority

Background I have about 4 years of experience, all that time I have been working in the same company. I am a researcher, and over the years I have managed to establish credibility in front of my ...
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Measuring employee moods via an app to better engage with them, how viable? [closed]

I work for a software company and we have recently had a debate around the value of measuring employee mood, this done via a polling widget which asks employees how are they feeling today and have to ...
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What success have you had using the True Colors (personality type) approach? [closed]

True Colors is a well-known 4 type personality model (temperament) which is taught by HR in my workplace to help improve relations among employees, and also improve managers' ability to lead people ...
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Is there a good way to appreciate the contributions of people even when they are misguided? [closed]

Often time shows that prior decisions were poorly made. My Guru says, "Everyone is doing their best." Yet I often think: "Not good enough in this case!" when a plan or standard affects many people ...
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How to say no for team lead position?

I decided to quit my earlier company where I was forced to lead a team (due to high attrition rate). I was not able to focus on developing my core skills as I could not find sufficient time between ...
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How to get a team member to start a task that will get easier with practice?

I lead a team that reviews technical documentation in an industrial environment. The team consists of subject matter experts from different fields (electrical, instrumentation, etc) who review ...
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Need Advice on Changing an Indirect Demotion Into a Role of Leadership

Demotions are tough, especially ones out of the blue. My current manager was a coworker I helped hire. He was promoted without notice to be my team lead a year ago based on being a lead before at his ...
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How to impress manager who is in a different place?

I'm a software developer, have been hired in this position for 6 months now. My problem is that my team and I work in a separate office than our manager, he doesn't see us.. so, I find it hard to let ...
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How to balance guiding someone vs micromanaging someone?

Recently my manager has made me more of a lead role in helping shape some of the new devs on the team. I have a lot of experience with the codebase they are dealing with and so he sometimes simply ...
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Alternative Growth Ladder for non- Managerial Leaders [closed]

If some one wants to grow but does not want to choose general managerial leadership path..is it possible? in other words, does there exist an alternative to Managerial leadership ?( like technical ...
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Why do interviewers ask leadership questions even for “follower” positions?

I remember trying out for choir in college where I had to go through an interviewing process. The director asked me questions like "How did you form, lead, and manage a singing group?" as if I was ...
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How to help my employees to find their value added

Some of my team members starts to ask themselves and me as their manager: "What's my value in this job?". Although I know their value as individual and as a team in the organization, I think just ...
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Asked to join board

The company I am applying for has 25 employees and is lead by the heads of marketing, personell, project management, and development. I am offered the position of a CTO (head of development). My ...
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How can I suggest a list of improvements to my leaders/team without offending them?

I have noted down a list of ways I think we can drastically improve our efficency. Mainly relating to an inefficient attempts at using an Agile methodology. I have some big improvements to suggest in ...
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Motivate team without being redundant

Recently I've been appointed to lead a small software team and as I don't have much management experience (I'm a tech guy) I'm struggling to motivate and lead my team properly. The thought always ...
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As a contractor I have been chosen to lead other contractors and employees. How to safely lead without falling political dangers?

I am working for a US based organization as a contractor from their Vendor. Like me there are other contractors working with the same client. And also few employees also working in the same team. I ...
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New QA Lead- Need Advice in Transition

I have been recently promoted to Senior QA role on a Agile team and with it also came an opportunity to lead a big group of 15 QA team members( onshore and offshore). I do not officially have a Team ...
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Team building for help desk representatives

I'm trying to figure out how to organize a team building event for help desk representatives. The team has seven employees and i'm their manager. It's going to be more of a relaxing afternoon (during ...
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Being impacted by the teams stress levels

I work in a team where everyone is under a lot of pressure due to workloads and deadlines. Comments are made about members of staff (even in other teams) who aren't staying as late. People are ...
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How do you manage productivity in a small team at a startup?

I recently joined a startup as a Developer and the work environment is very casual to say the least. There is no top management in the team i.e everyone reports to the founder. The problem is the ...
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Accepted for intermittent lead role.But senses serious problems and political pit falls [closed]

I am working for US based client in their IT department as a consultant from their vendors. The team consists other team members who are from different vendors and Client own employees. I am ...
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How to handle a team that does not want you as team lead?

The team lead of a project in my company got promoted to Project Manager and one of the oldest developers who worked for 2 years on the project expected to become team lead. I worked in a different ...
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Created a startup company which is growing, but I'm far too inexperienced to do anything. How do I move on? [closed]

I haven't graduated university yet, and I created a startup company which is growing. There is no co-founder. It's just me. The issue is, I need to get some money in order to keep the servers running, ...
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My staff is pressuring me to fire a talented employee [closed]

I hired a very talented employee a month ago part-time and this has triggered a stir ever since. The employee is talented, creative, innovative, courteous, generous and very intelligent. He was very ...
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How to increase conversational skills?

What are some ways I can practice increasing my conversational skills? I don't consider myself a shy person, but I am definitely more on the introverted side. My written communication skills are ...
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Strategies to cope with manager I don't respect [closed]

My manager is knowledgable but not well respected. He does not like to share knowledge, but would rather prove that he knows more than others. This is his first time in a supervisory position, and I ...
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Boss stole my project [closed]

I am an IT professional at a non-profit. I enjoy the work I do, and as a person I enjoy taking on interesting and fulfilling projects. Our office building has a small back yard area that has gone ...
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How can I reassure my team that key defections aren't part of a larger plan?

I'm the IT Director (CIO) for a team of approximately 40 people. My organization prides itself on treating employees well, and many of my team members have been here for 10 years or more, ...
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How to include activities demonstrating leadership from games onto a resume?

Over the past 4 years while at school I've been almost fully responsible with running the ins and outs of my guild. Its been a full time job managing literally hundreds of people ranking from the ...
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How to handle an incapable manager (bad project management and poor programming skills)

Alright, so I'm in a team of web developers (RoR devs), consisting of 4 other people. My manager's programming abilities are ridiculously low comparing to the other team members. So that's causing a ...
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IC role at a smaller company

I work for a Fortune 500 company and recently wanted a change. I interviewed with this company that is doing some good work and got an offer. The pay/benefits and the work they do is good (in fact ...
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Manager vs IC role [closed]

I am an engineer and worked as an individual contributor for msot of my career and is something I enjoyed doing. Last year though I took up a new job where I became a lead - now have ppl reporting to ...
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Multiple leads with conflicting interests? How to manage them?

I have been recruited for a Project by my current Organization. This Organization is client for my Employer. My Employer is vendor to this Organization. This project belongs to a Department, Lets ...
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How to inspire others to love what they do

Earlier today I was discussing training with a coworker. We have differing points of view in that I have some expectations that my employees will take some initiative and learn some things on their ...
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Became lead developer - how to lead the team [closed]

I became a lead developer on the project I am working on 15 months now in a small company. I got additional developer under me to help with development. This is new thing to me. So I want to learn. ...
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Interview as team leader tips [closed]

I am 26, I will have on Monday an interview as team leader, this means that I will manage a team of 8 people in IT. I never managed anyone, it would be my first managerial role. Do you have some tips ...
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Can benchmarking and auditing help a young software organization? [closed]

For an organization creating a first software product, does it make sense to pay a consultant to guide and audit the product team? Areas where our team is lacking expertise are: Selling a generic ...
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What differentiates a manager from a team leader? [closed]

What differentiates a manager from a team leader (TL)? What is expected of a manager as opposed to a team leader?
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How to delegate work when I'm not a lead

I've read the excellent answer by bethlakshmi on how to better delegate work, but I think my problem slightly precedes that one. After 1 year at my company, in our year-end review, I was praised and ...
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Promoting excellence without pointing out incompetence

I like to promote excellence and I try to stay positive. Those are the two main driving forces behind my general attitude and I think it's gotten me pretty far. I've had a good career in IT for over ...
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Do people need to be positive to be promoted?

I am a software engineer by trade. I am good at my job. I get universally good reviews. I have lead two teams (at two different companies). Both were successful - delivering our product on time, with ...
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Stop team members from talking when they are distracting in meetings?

I am working as a team leader for a technical team. I have been in a project for past 6 months and I know most of the history of the project. Due to multiple reasons a mess was created in the project. ...
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How a manager should correct himself

How should manager a correct himself after giving a wrong advice to a team member, in order to avoid possible loss of trust and confidence in front of the team? And in this particular context, the ...
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Give team lead a couple of subtle hints, how? [closed]

Here's the situation: I've been with the company for quite a long time working with same people. From time to time we're organized into teams to work on different projects and about a week I joined ...