Questions tagged [leadership]

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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Should I become a senior programmer before I can become a software architect/lead-tech/CTO of a tech company? [closed]

I am a graduated CS, mid-level developer with few self project experiences in Angular/Android-Java/SQlite/JavaScript Node.JS/MongoDB/C#/Python/C++ embedded-linux systems- OpenCV, etc. I have a vast ...
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Co-worker and I both want the same position, is there room?

Our office has had a rough year with engineering, communication, and strategy. Over the past few months, myself and one other (both engineers) have stepped up to address these concerns. To do so, we'...
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Why do people become C-level Managers (aside from money)? [closed]

I'm currently a software developer (not managing people, aside from occasional juniors on my projects). When I last switched jobs (for a higher-level dev job) I got a lot of similar comments from my ...
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Meeting with my Boss’s Boss’s Boss? [closed]

On Tuesday afternoon I received an invite via administrative assistant to meet with our senior executive my boss’s boss’s boss in three weeks. She wanted to make sure that I’ll be back from vacation ...
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I've given a very simple coding task but I'm not quite getting what asked, how to be more effective/efficient?

I'm leading a small subproject in my company, and I've never lead any project before in my career and this miniproject according to my manager is supposed to be an exercise on leadership. I did a task ...
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Salvaging senior engineer who's planning projects by how good they look on his resume/CV

One of our senior (and more competent) engineers, "Peter", who was due for a promotion and pay raise a few months back, raised an issue and meeting with me when his promotion was deferred ...
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How to deal with lack of social skills?

I am currently working in consulting and I am the most technical in the whole team, although I graduated in business administration/ management and now I have the role of a devs all-rounder (...
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How to manage the team efficiently in my new position as an inexperienced lead?

Background I have been working as a Software developer for more than seven years. I am going to start working on a new position as a Lead software developer in a new company. The company has a complex ...
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I'm a leader/manager. One of my team members told me they received a better job opportunity. Should I disclose this information with my boss?

Currently I'm working in a leadership/management position for a tech company. Part of my responsibilities is to help my team as a career advisor and guide them to improve their performance and achieve ...
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Not getting feedback from the employer

I am working as a scientific project manager in a small startup Pharma company. Unfortunately, I have realized that  I am not getting any kind of feedback from my team lead. The most frustrating part ...
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Frameworks to advance diversity, equity and inclusion

I am a manager at a mid-size software company where I am responsible for several engineering teams (30 people approx). I'd like to attract and retain more diverse talent but don't know how to advance ...
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If you are very effective in a leadership position, should you still pursue “being one of many”?

In a performance review I was told that I was doing excellent job when I was in a specific setting: in charge. In situation when I was in charge of coordinating other people or leading a project, I ...
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How to prevent perverse incentives as a fresh software team lead when I get to hire and build my team?

In my last job, there were a lot of perverse incentives that prevented most team members from really doing their best. There was one co-worker who managed to do nothing since work from home started ...
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How to benefit from management promoting your big project?

I work in one of those companies where any employee can suggest a project idea to management. My idea has been very successful, and it's now being pushed in front of the CEO. The thing is... even if ...
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How to avoid sounding arrogant when explaining that your more-senior replacement lacks the necessary skills?

I was tech lead on a complex project for nearly 2 years and was eventually transitioned off of it after I got promoted. One of my senior coworkers ("Joe") was assigned to replace me on that project. ...
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How to encourage actual participation in code reviews/pull requests

I'm currently acting as team lead for a small group of developers, all of which (including myself) are fairly new at the company. Part of my job is setting up the development workflow, and in that ...
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Team lunch with a prospective senior engineer - what to expect?

I am a SDE 2 on a team with one other SDE 2, one SDE, and my manager. My manager mentioned that we'll be going to lunch with a Senior SDE candidate. We are in the later stages of the interview process ...
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I am afraid of dealing people smarter and more skilled than me! [closed]

I have a dream to create a robot making company. I have graduated in AI field and have some ideas about it, but as the robot making is a multi deciplinary work and needs Electrical and mechanical ...
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How much technical skills are needed for CEO? [closed]

Let's consider a genius new graduated software engineer who knows several technologies like Angular/React/ReactNative/NodeJS/MongoDB/PostgreSQL/etc and starts and leads a new startup/company and they ...
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Should Non-Team-Lead Be Responsible for Team’s Productivity?

I have a question. I am a senior software engineer, not a team lead. I have received feedback on two annual reviews, from two different managers at two different companies, that team productivity ...
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Convert a technical conflict into HR case

I have one conflict that is dressed as a technical issue which I believe is an actual HR issue. Involved in the technical conflict resolution are the project manager and the department lead. But the ...
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One of my subordinates ignores my instructions

So I'm a marketing coordinator at this hearing aids local company. We generate 7 leads/day through social media and paid media. Every lead we generate we send to our only call center operator, she ...
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Establishing a productivity measurement for an outbound-only Call Center?

I am currently trying to establish how to hold a team of outbound-only reps accountable for production each day. I don't want to set an arbitrary number, but I do find it increasingly difficult to get ...
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How should I address my leadership experience in an interview?

In my last role, I did have a leadership role managing a team - for about a week. I couldn't handle the pressure of managing my own job - which was my first administrative office role, and an ...
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Gift from a contractor to a contractor

I am an independent software contractor for an IT company and a lead for a small team. All the team members are contractors as well and we're pretty friendly bunch. We go out sometimes for drinks or ...
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How to demonstrate technical leadership skills in a situation where my inputs may not be welcome?

I work at a large software enterprise. Multiple orgs, multiple teams, huge hierarchy of managers and managers of managers. I am a fairly senior individual contributor with more than a decade of ...
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As a contractor, non-technical employer questions my technical decisions

Some background, I've been a fullstack developer for some years now and have worked as a contractor for the last 1.5 years. I've been with the same employer throughout my time as a contractor, and ...
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How should a leader behave when they miss deadlines themselves?

As a leader in an organization, one has to set an example by being disciplined. But sometimes even leaders can commit a blunder, be it a consequence of workload or anything else. My friend (we are ...
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Management is pushing 'pairing' on non-programming related tasks. Is this a correct use of pairing? [closed]

I recently became the lead on a new team. My previous team was more pure software development. We pair-programmed ~80% of the time utilizing TDD. My new team is in charge of supporting, maintaining, ...
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As an introvert team lead, how to make team members trust me with their future career plans

About me: I am an introverted team lead. My superiors and my team members do recognize that I am an effective leader. Also, I do not really get strict or angry usually when things go wrong , instead ...
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Is it OK to re-assign one of my own roles to a colleague without asking the manager?

I used to work at a small company of 10 people. I was assigned a few role within the company that would consume up to 5 hours of work per week or month. We later got a new employee and while chatting ...
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An employee has low self-confidence, and is performing poorly. How can I help?

I am looking for some leadership/management advice. My situation is quite similar to this one, but (as you'll see below) I'm already trying to do what was suggested in those answers. I manage a ...
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How do you commercialize internal products [closed]

I have been in a technical leadership role with a product (15yrs old) for 9+ yrs. I'm presently leading ~10 devs and report to a senior manager. We don't have clear mgmt and engg leadership tracks, so ...
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How can I convince my boss to make me project-lead in an upcoming project?

There is a new project coming up with a new customer. It's using technologies which some of my colleagues are more experienced with. It sounds like a great project to me and it seems like a good ...
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How to politely ask my employer for reduced work time and less responsibilities?

Hello and thanks for your attention. TL;DR: Right now i am a full time software developer(among other things) in a small company, around 16 people, has been for now nearly 9 months, but due to ...
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Changing teams at a big corporation vs accepting an offer to work for a start-up [closed]

In the beginning of this year, I accepted a position as a software developer at a big corporation which is a well recognised brand world-wide and a very good name to have on my CV. However, my day to ...
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How to convince the leadership into taking designer decision with the designer

The problem: Me and my teammates (medium level developers) are constantly rewriting interfaces, because leadership is not involving the company designer when making decisions about the UX. They are ...
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How to handle a “no-lead” workplace

I joined a young company, active for less than four years. Previously they were six people working together but in the last year, they hired a lot of people (including me). Now we are almost twenty ...
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Should I put my name first or last in the team members list?

I have been working on a project for about 4 months. When it started, it was me alone, but over time, I was "assigned" a few other employees to help with tasks. I was told to delegate stuff to them ...
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How to deal with a colleague with a very bossy attitude [duplicate]

I do apologize if I'm not following the format, but I need something that I can use as a baseline for the future. I work for a quite big software company, and among the projects task we are assigned ...
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How to effectively transition portion of a complex project to a 2nd developer?

I work at a consulting company as a data engineer. Over the last 1.5 years, I built out a highly complex data lake/data wrangling implementation for a client. Everything is documented pretty ...
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How should I deal with my Lead Dev

I'm currently working in a company as a frontend developer. I should also mention that I'm not a regular employee as I'm half of the time at school in a process called alternance (I do not know if ...
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Deal with the thirst for power of a colleague [closed]

I am working in a company, and I am having this type of problem: whenever we start a new project a colleague of mine always wants to be the leader of the project. He is now leading a very important ...
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Boss wants someone else to lead a project based on the idea I presented to him

This is going to be kind of meta. I work for a city government and am, and I say this humbly, probably the most technical person on staff. I've built websites, deployed with Docker, Heroku and AWS, ...
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Is talented employee taking advantage of management?

I recently started running a small business that received a significant amount of funding. It has been a project I have been committed to for many years. To help see it through, I wanted to hire top ...
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What are some of the ways / meeting tactics to deal with team members creating conflict in meetings?

I manage a team of 10 Developers and Test Engineers. Its a new team, and team is slowly transitioning into Agile Scrum. We have meetings on team agreements, and things like definition of done, release ...
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First project as Dev Lead: Which questions to ask to get solid feedback? [closed]

I'm a mid level developer and I recently (successfully) completed my first project where I was acting as the lead developer. It was a fairly small situation: I was assigned to build something out ...
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What is a better way to answer than simply “I don't know”? [duplicate]

As a software consultant, clients expect me to have answers. But, of course, I don't know everything. Recently a client asked me a complex question and the best I could do was "I don't know" or maybe "...
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Should a “leader” limit the amount of information (e.g. about root causes) given to the “followers” in order to maintain their position? [closed]

I've a conundrum. I'm slowly getting the grasp of leadership but I'm finding it morally concerning. Let me explain ... From what I understand, a leader by definition needs to have followers. But then ...
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What can I do if I am asked to learn different programming languages very frequently?

I am a software developer and I know languages like Java, JavaScript. A few days ago manager asked me to learn some other language to work on services related to those language. It took me few days ...