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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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 identify why a software development team is failing?

Recently I became part of a new team as a software development coordinator. Basically it is a non technical job where I handle the operations work so the team lead has more time especially in this new ...
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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 ...
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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 ...