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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Alternative Growth Ladder for non- Managerial Leaders [on hold]

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 ...
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Awkward around some managers [duplicate]

I'm a shy person in his first job. There are two things that I can't deal with very well: the first is talking to a large groups of people, the second is talking to some of my managers. Two examples: ...
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Should I Just Deal With Interruptions?

I'm a lead developer of a 6 person software team. Among the applications we develop are some that are used for in-house operations. As lead, I'm a resource to the other developers and a liaison to ...
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Team Lead is not working and delegating all his work to me and getting false credit for it [duplicate]

We are 3 in number (2 members and 1 Lead). My team lead is a lazy man. He showcases himself as if he knows all stuff but the fact is he doesn't. He also tactically delegates all the work to me and the ...
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How can I recommend that a colleague be excluded from my team?

Background My colleague and I were hired as leads on a new data warehousing team. She does great in meetings, knows the right questions to ask and appears very competent in customer-facing ...
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How to deal with team member openly discrediting me across the company?

There are one or two similar questions here, I am sure, but I feel my situation might be quite specific in that I have no disciplinary authority over this person, yet I manage him. The other ...
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Should I give thanks privately?

I recently had a conversation where I was discussing praising, or thanking a member of my team. Of course, the team gets credit in public, but that's good for team wide praise. But personally, I find ...
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How can I manage someone closely, yet still gracefully?

I am working for an IT Consulting firm. My employer employs me to work for his client in a team lead position. In my team there is a team member ("A") who reports to me. He works for a different ...
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When should I openly give credit to my reports, when to the team as a whole, and when to myself?

In many books about management and leadership, I've read that it is a good practice to give credit to others (the individuals) when someone in the team - or the whole team - does well, but take ...
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How to restore friendly atmosphere with team member after I was proven right in series of Arguments?

I am working as IT consultant to US based organization. I have a team member. He is senior in the organization and team also. His role is developer and he is responsible for development of specific ...
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What is the reasonable course of action to take on the team member who seems to be lied to me? [closed]

I am working as Lead at a client site. I have a team member who reports to me. He is from a contractor from our company vendor. I consider him a good team member: He has good technical knowledge and ...
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How does a Lead prepare to leave a job gracefully? [duplicate]

What are some best practice for someone in management to leave in a manner that does not leave the company with a major gap? Is the normal 2 week minimum enough for the company to normally handle the ...
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Employees speaking out against the boss. As a boss, how would I handle this? [closed]

As the leader of a company, I find out that a couple of employees are publicly airing their comments against my political views, even though those political views are not creating a conflict of ...
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Encouraged to ask other people for help, but when I asked they gave me the cold shoulder

I was recently given the opportunity at work to lead a small project. My manager told me that I was allowed (and was encouraged to) ask other people around the office for help. Initially, I felt ...
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How to be a young and effective team leader? [closed]

Few months ago I was made the team leader of a development team comprising of 3 developers. The situation is such that all of them have more experience than me and are senior in age as well by 1 or 2 ...
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How to overcome 'cold war' in a team? [closed]

I am a software developer with 3 years of experience. I recently joined a new company as a "Software Engineer". They put me on an offshore team with 4 other developers. We don't have a Lead dev/Team ...