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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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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 my project manager asked to learn some other language to work on services related to those language. It took me few ...
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Is it okay to be wrong as a CTO?

I'm working as a CTO in a small company. We have a few part-time employees but will increase the workforce when needed. For the past 6 months I've been working on introducing tests with the goal of ...
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How should this type of remote work environment be handled?

I work as a team lead for a small remote-working team. Last year, it had grown from 3 to 9 people and I am looking for advice on how to improve the effectivness of this team. There is 9 team members ...
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Am I overly concerned about a newly hired Senior Developer with low performance? [closed]

TLDR: This is my first time having to deal with is apparently incompetent behavior as a Lead Dev (note: I am NOT in a superior/management position). Am I being too critical? What actions should I ...
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Learning and development in billable focused IT/development consulting company

In the IT consulting organisation for which I work, to stay ahead of the competition we have a constant need to develop our team's technical skills in new languages and frameworks. However, the ...
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Senior employee of my team understood my email as an order and didn't like it

I'm leading the Agile team with a flat structure and we recently got a new team member. He is 10 years older than me and more experienced in some things (emotional intelligence) and he is local in a ...
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My Lead is blocking my growth, what should i do?

I am working as a software engineer in an Indian Software company. For the past 1 year, I have been working on an in-house chat application used within the organization. Some Points I noticed:- ...
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To ask or not to ask a leading question?

I do not like to ask leading questions. As an example, we were going through a slide deck and there was some statement about P&L in it. I asked: What does P&L stand for? and someone ...
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What if I'm a better developer than my Team Leader?

Based on his daily commits, I see that he writes lots of bad code and doesn't follow any good practices. I tried talking to him about better ways of writing code like SOLID, DRY, etc (tried to be as ...
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As a mentor, how to interact with the team to adopt my thought processes and suggestions?

I am the Tech Lead of a team. I am usually there for the team's technical challenges, code reviews, quality processes and the like. No one in the team is a direct reportee, all of us report to a ...
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Gain managerial experience without making (or at least minimizing) mistakes [closed]

I have just been assigned to a new role in my company. It is not entirely different than my previous role, just that I have to manage people now and take more responsibility in projects. Basically, I ...
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How do I help build my business without alienating my parents who own it? [closed]

My family has a small factory, with 14 employees. My parents always say they want to grow the business and generate more jobs for the community, make the economy grow. But I realized that they were ...
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How to make my deputy manager change his rude behaviour (and know his place anyway)? [closed]

I'm new to a leadership position, having been recently promoted through a reorg. My deputy manager was too. It's a government position. I didn't choose him, we were both assigned, from different ...
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Coworker presenting my work

Duplicate: That Q is closed as "not constructive" Background: I did work/research to implement a tool among my team. Team and management liked the results, tool was implemented successfully and we ...
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An engineering manager on the verge of breakdown [closed]

My employer is a small startup with about thirty people, and a tech team of 10, including myself. As the tech lead of the company I am end-responsible for all software we produce, play a supporting ...
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How to tell your boss his team lead choice is not the best for the project?

basically I'm working on project X. I joined my company 1 year and a half ago and started working on that project under the lead of developer Bob, Bob is extremely professional and has the skills to ...
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What to consider when building a career path for development team members?

I am leading software development team. One of my responsibilities this year, is building career development tracks for my team members. The long-term targets include, ensuring the growth of the team ...
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Should I inform Project Manager I have a specialized degree?

I was hired eight months ago to supervise a particular specialty at a remote site. I have a graduate degree in this field and ten years’ related experience. The day-to-day job on my site does not ...
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Defining expectations for a software development manager/architect

How can I define performance expectations for a new software development manager/architect (new in that this is a new set of responsibilities for him, specifically in the architecture area)? Then, how ...
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Senior Dev in acting lead position with no lead experience

I realise asking a question like "How to be team lead" is of such a broad scope that it couldn't be answered here. I have a few narrower questions which can hopefully be answered. 6 weeks ago I ...
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Inexperienced manager - is it a red flag? [closed]

I'm currently interviewing at a big company. The position is in a unit that is just being created. It's just now that I've met the person who would be my boss. He is 4 years younger than I (I'm in my ...
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Dealing with a difficult colleague

I work in a team of several people. Officially we are responsible for different parts of a process. Which means that we sometimes need information from one another. One of my colleagues doesn't give ...
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How to deal with a difficult junior programmer?

I am the technical lead of my team and have joined that team a couple of months ago. Most members were there before I was. It took me a couple of weeks to earn the trust of my team but I was helped by ...
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Bringing junior developer up to speed despite shortage of tasks that can be delegated

I am in the position of Architect/Lead Developer and I have one junior developer on my team. In the last few months we were delivering projects under tight deadlines so I was struggling to find tasks ...
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As a new technical lead, how can I evaluate junior (software) engineers fairly?

I have been the technical lead in a group of 8 software junior engineers for the past 4 months. This is my first technical lead position and it comes with the uneasy responsibility of assessing each ...
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How can I tell a board of an organization that they might be the problem?

So I am part of an organization that will not be named, that has a pretty decent member size, with a then small board size that does planning, decision making, etc. A common problem that our ...
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Team member is blindly following directions

I am an IT Auditor, and the lead for my team. I have a team member who is blindly following directions and referencing previous work done. Last week, I was sitting with him doing peer QA of audit work ...
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How do I give feedback when I know more about the topic than the presenter?

I believe I have specialized expertise in a specific area of technology. At work, I often have to sit through presentations given by others in the same area of technology that I have expertise on. ...
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I'm the Tech Lead, my boss is the PM. In case of disagreement, how much should I push my point of view?

I'm the tech lead of a project and my boss is the Project Manager. He is formally in charge to decide what to put inside the project and I'm in charge of deciding how things will be implemented. In ...
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Is it appropriate to give feedback about my lead to my manager? Or should it be done directly?

I work as a software engineer on a team and we have a tech lead who has been on the team for several years. For the past year, we recently have changed our technical stack (frameworks, etc) for our ...