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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Heavy Workload and Many Hats, but No Communication and No Clear Expectations? [closed]

Like many of you, I am experiencing a heavy workload and shoulder many responsibilities beyond my role, including those of several levels above my normal duties. That is understandable and I believe, ...
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How do I handle an unclear Work from Home Policy and setting expectations? [closed]

Background details: I am new to leadership on my team. I lead a group of 5 producing data analysis products for various customers. Multiple members of the team are new to this career field and ...
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CTO acts as Individual Contributor (IC), ignoring wider team

This is a "developer acts individually over being in or leading a team" type question, but at a much higher level. We're a small fully-remote business with a successful product solving ...
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How can one determine the most effective method for establishing a success metric for a quarterly objectives?

My manager recently took on the additional role of Frontend Architect, and he's asked me to step up and assist with day-to-day responsibilities for the team. Currently, I hold the position of ...
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Working with arrogant perfectionist tech lead on another team

I'm working on a large project that involves two teams: a software engineering team, and a devops team. The engineering team builds a product, and devops creates the infrastructure, build systems, ...
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How to deal with an unproductive colleague ( supposedly due to medication)?

I work in a medium-sized company in Germany, which is part of a fairly large corporation. In my department there are two teams in one office space. We all get along very well, but recently the mood is ...
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Is this a good leadership strategy?

So I am relative new in my career, and I just secured a long-term internship with a small company. I have 2 leaders, lets call them X (the guy) and Y (the woman) The guy rarely chit-chats-- he seems ...
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How should Directors deal with an overbearing branch Manager?

Talking about a branch manager who gets great pipeline and conversions, the numbers all look right, but employee turnover is very high. His high standard for his staff, requiring high work ethic and ...
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What does "Chief Engineer Emeritus" means?

Recently I've came across a few profiles on LinkedIn with title as "Chief Engineer Emeritus". What does Chief Engineer Emeritus means in an organization ?
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What should I do about getting cut out of the loop?

I have just started a role at a (small) software company. I am nobody's manager. The other person in this scenario is a very junior engineer. The junior and I report to the same manager. Our manager ...
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Dealing with anxiety when taking on large scope projects

I’m a software engineer. I’m self-taught and I’ve been working with moderate success for a while. I’ve reached a level of seniority in my career where I’m required to take on ‘ownership’ of large, ...
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As a team lead how can I bring changes into the team without resistance from team?

I have been joined to new team and new project as a Team lead. This position is first time for me. I am leading 3 modules. I am above the 3 module leaders. I have identified few areas where ...
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Duplicate project activities in corporate R&D

I work for a large corporate providing HW/SW that often lacks alignment between sites across the world. In the past three years I was fortunate enough to be allocated to a corporate project where we ...
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How to deal with team members who do not prioritize work-related tasks?

As the leader of a small team, I am currently facing a number of challenges in effectively managing my team members. One of the main difficulties I am experiencing is that some team members seem to ...
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How to have a productive discussion with skip about my toxic manager?

Manager (M) of 15 years at Company got promoted the day I started about a year ago. Had I interviewed with M, I would have never taken this job. M is unashamedly curt, abrasive, impatient, and ...
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How to manage repetitive no-work or no progress with some of your teammates or employee? [closed]

Here are a couple of things about myself: I'm a co-founder and joined the start-up after 1 year. I have real SWE, Architecture and management experience in many other start-ups in Silicon Valley. I ...
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Dealing with people that point out mistakes in public

I'm leading a new department at a new company I've been there for a couple months. I have someone who used to do some of the duties in that department. This person seems to find ways to call me out on ...
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Fighting for leadership

I'm a new leader to a company and for the company a new department. I'm trying to establish myself as a leader of the department. Before me there was another person in another department managing the ...
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Transitioning from specialist to manager role

I have recently transitioned from an individual contributor at senior scientist level to a team lead role, where the first task has been to build my own team from scratch. It has been an interesting ...
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For a startup with 3+ founders how can it be damaging if two of the founders are working more closely together than with the rest of the team?

I am part of a startup that currently has four founders. Initially I started working on this project with a friend of mine, later on we invited two more people to join us. Currently, the distribution ...
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How to deal with the new status after a promotion?

I recently was promoted to tech lead. Right now, all my SW co-workers are under my supervision and they have to follow the design and rules that I propose (obviously with some space for improvement ...
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Shall I ask for a feedback about my performance from my boss?

Half a year ago, I got a new management/leader role. This is not the first time I occupy a leadership position but the work environment is different and so are the duties. I am not sure I am doing ...
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How can I learn to lead at the client as a mid-level software developer in the workplace?

I was externally hired by a company to help them with software development. All people at the client are software developers too. I was asked to lead them, but I don't know how. I'm quite introverted, ...
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How to develop as a recently promoted team lead when your VP is always busy?

I've been a software engineer for quite a while, but recently I got promoted to a team lead which causes me a lot of STRESS. Now I'm superior to my peers which makes all of us a bit uncomfortable, but ...
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As a staff eng, how early do you include other IC (Individual Contributor) feedback in tech planning/architecture docs?

Part of my role as a staff engineer is to come up with vision / architecture docs that capture the direction we should go in the next 6 mos-3 years. It’s a core part of my role to write down the ...
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Proactively telling the interviewer about other interviews

Applying and interviewing for leadership positions in Australia! Context: OK, there is a Company X that I interviewed with recently and I really want to work for them. The interview was very very ...
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Soliciting suggestions from entire group of subordinates - good idea?

I am a member of the managerial team at a large international school. I coordinate about 40 staff members. I am considering emailing them at the beginning of next academic year, and possibly at the ...
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Moving up the seniority ladder

I'm looking to take up a new challenge, as in changing jobs, but I have a dilemma! I have been in a mid-senior level for a few years now and would like to move to a manager level. However, the manager ...
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The fear of letting go of software development

Have been doing software development, coding and integration for the last 10 years. My company is now offering me a lead position of a development team. As a technical lead here, the way it works is ...
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Fear about people getting better than the leader

I am a senior software engineer who is starting with leading. I was following a course on Udemy where they say, "Don't be afraid that your reports get better than you. You should encourage that! ...
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Is it normal for startup team leads not to protect their team members?

I've recently switched jobs after 13 years from a team lead position in a corporate environment to a senior developer role in a kind of a startup, mostly due to financial reasons. I have a ticket ...
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How to handle when a valued mentor resigns?

So, my favourite boss has resigned. I worked under him for only three months but have had a good rapport with him. It's been two years now that we both are in different projects. Yet, he gave ...
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How to deal with a good new employee with poor verbal communication?

We onboarded a new senior guy recently for a project manager type of role. Based on his past experience and profile/portfolio of work, he is very good. He has handled complex jobs at large orgs in the ...
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How to handle management's expectations of new team members?

For context I'm a .Net Senior Software Engineer and Team lead. I recently started my current position and the majority of my team members are performing well. However, due to the general shortage of ....
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Share my self evaluation form with direct reports [closed]

I am thinking of sharing my self evaluation performance review form with my direct reports. This form if going to my manager but I think it would be good to share to my reports in the interests of ...
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Show leadership with self-organized team

I believe in self-organized teams and management by objectives, unfortunately that leads my boss to think that I'm not leading. I'm a technical lead for more than 5 teams. From my perspective it's ...
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Moving all Designers to a single team

I've just joined a SaaS company as Head of Design in which I'm leading a team of Product Designers. I learned after a couple weeks that there are also designers under the Marketing team who seem to be ...
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What to ask before the end of probationary period?

There is many of example questions for job interview. But what I, as a team lead, should ask before the end of the staff member's probationary period?
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I feel like I'm thinking alone on a team-based project, while other members just follows what I said without any input. What should I do?

I feel like the team members that I work with seems to be just nodding automatically to what I say. Yes, I'm assigned as the project leader, but I don't expect that all my suggestion to be followed ...
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Manager wants to me to change methodoloy for no good reason and I don't accept it, so we will have a meeting about it. How should I proceed? [closed]

I work in a small/medium startup (20 to 30 people) as a software developer. In this company there are 3 teams that kinda overlap with each other in the sense they all work with the same tech stack, ...
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Friend refers me to his workplace, then hands in his notice a month after I started. Should I be concerned about how it will reflect on me?

We are relatively close, he's currently the head of the other team - I referred him to be my supervisor in one of our previous companies. Since then I had an other role that didn't work out, basically ...
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How to convince a resistant leader of new ideas?

I'm currently working in a startup that's incubated inside a much bigger company. We are a team of 4 people, including the leader (aka product owner). Our leader is a long time developer who has 15+ ...
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I cannot get promoted in a very large organization no matter what I try, what am I doing wrong? [closed]

I have worked for the last 10 years in a very large organisation as a software developer. I work on a complete bespoke payment solution that processes about 1 million dollars in new payments each day. ...
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What is the share ratio of most tech founders in the first few years? [closed]

I have been working on a big web app/mobile app for students in my country. It's a project that should take me 6-8 month as a solo developer (full stack Next.js) Right now, I'm focused 100% on ...
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Critical handoffs to/from another team that does not have their s**t together

Scenario: Teams A, B, and C all report up through the same organization and each has its own manager and lead(s). The teams work closely together to perform related but distinct functions, and each ...
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Letting team present Strategy to CEO [closed]

Is it a wise decision as head of adepartment to let your direct reports present their strategy to the CEO, or would that hurt how you are seen as a leader?
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Too many cooks/leaders problem solutions

I am working in the Startup world and noticed that often there is a problem of too many people jumping on the issue, wanting to lead it, make decisions etc I know it from Corporate world it was ...
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How to cope with the jerk lead developer?

I work for about 18 years as a professional software developer in different roles (engineer, lead dev, architect, head of development). I had to leave my last employer because of the pandemic. I am ...
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Dealing with a difficult colleague not accepting my position (in an NGO setting)

I have a BA degree in computer science with a few years of professional experience. A few month ago I started working for a humanitarian NGO (with US-American origins) which is active in some lesser ...
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Asked to be lead of my slightly disgruntled team

I recently came on to a team as a senior engineer at the same level as my peers. Many permanent members of this team have long standing issues with the management. There isn't a lead person on the ...

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