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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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 ...
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Validity of leadership types theory for software development teams - yes or no? [closed]

By Forsyth and frequently cited, there are the following types of leadership, namely by task either relationship focus: Task-oriented (or task-focused) leadership is a behavioral approach in which ...
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What to do if what my Lead say is different from what others expect from me

I started a new job, I really liked it and it was ok. I've been doing cool stuff for 5 months. Now I started noticing strange things, I've been working closely with few people from others departments (...
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Co-Worker quit today, boss is pretending it didn't happen. Is this weird?

I'm an engineer at a small business that employs 10 people, well 9 now. One of our machinists that has worked here longer than almost anyone else texted our boss this morning and said he is quitting, ...
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How to handle team leader offering no help? [duplicate]

My team leader, who only works part time during the summer months, is not offering me (or other team members) adequate help when he's in the office. We're told he is either too busy with his own work ...
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How do people become tech leads? [closed]

A Google search for "how to become a tech lead" reveals titles like: Four Things I Wish I Knew When I Became a Tech Lead 5 Tips for Being an Effective Tech Lead How to be a good technical ...
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How to leave my company on good terms, when planning to join a competitor? [closed]

I've held a good job over the last several years, but now I am planning to make a move and join a competitor that will allow me to become a Team Lead - in particular, I am looking to join a competitor ...
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What do recruiters look for in leadership positions?

When we write resumes in early stage of career, we try to list down what all technical skill (or soft skills in some cases) to be projected out while you render different work assignments you got into....
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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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Strategies for managing older employees?

A friend asked me to provide recommendations as to what he can do early in his new role to improve his chances of succeeding as a supervisor, and to promote satisfactory performance from his team. He ...
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How to progress my skills development as both the technical lead and youngest member on my team?

Background: I'm currently working as a technical consultant, I'm employed by a large consulting company but have been with the same client for just under 3 years. Currently I'm working on a project ...
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Should I apologise/talk to my lead? [closed]

Thank you for helping with this - How do I handle conflict with an extrovert boss?. I did work on my communication and I started talking more to my lead sharing updates on what am I doing and asking ...
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How should a leader handle advice giving?

From time to time I have a situation where a middle manager I'm leading isn't seeing an issue or isn't engaging creatively to solve a problem. How do I go about giving advice without eliciting ...
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What to do when your CEO is destroying your startup? [closed]

I founded a mobile application company with 3 other people, three of us took 10% while one took 70% and the title of CEO. We were ok with this because it was his idea and he had the connections to get ...
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How can a technical lead maintain a productive working relationship with a less cooperative junior engineer?

I have just joined a team as a technical lead. The team consists of a few junior developers who have been working on the project for about a year now. So I am the new guy to the team. The junior ...
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As a technical lead, how can I resolve conflicts between two junior engineers?

I have recently joined a team as a technical lead. It's a 4 member team that includes two junior developers, myself and my manager. I am on good terms with the manager. However, this is the first time ...
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How can I get a team lead to delegate work and support others?

I bought a small company a few months ago and I'm finding that one of the teams is struggling because of the lead. Rather than supporting their team, the lead is automatically taking care of problems ...
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How to show effective leadership

In each review since I started at my current position, my manager has stressed that he is looking for someone to "step up and take a leadership role". I was hired just as his longest-working employee ...
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How to react when employee is not interested in career development?

I am a manager at a large tech company. Three months ago, all the managers at our company had career conversations with our team members. One of my team members has expressed that she is not ...
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How Do I Motivate a Junior Developer?

Background I'm a Team Lead for a software development department and about 4 months ago I began aggressively spearheading an internal program to hire and train up junior developers, specifically ...
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Is it appropriate to privately tell a superior that they acted rudely?

The principal investigator for an R&D software project has been absent from day-to-day development for almost a year- much has changed. Over the weekend, the PI dusted off his developer hat and ...
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Need help with employee with poor attitude

I have an team mate that I work with as a territory sales rep. As a position that is expected to work as a lateral leader and without authority, our mutual management team had tasked me with coming ...
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My authority is undermined by my boss and coworker behavior, and the quality of my work is suffering, what can I do to improve the situation? [closed]

I have been working in my office for a few years. Around one year ago the only two people in the office were my boss and I. We honestly didn't like each other too much but we had always been polite to ...
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From Lead in a small team, to Senior in a large tech team [closed]

The company that i'm currently working for is in the business the last 25 years, is heavily sales- and marketing-based although relying on web applications, is quite successful, however with little ...
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How do I handle conflict with an extrovert boss?

I am a female programmer who is an introvert. My lead is a male who is an extrovert. We are a team of two and we both started in this company at the same time couple of months back and my lead is new ...
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How to lead a group of developers who have much more talent than you

I recently was asked to take a hybrid leadership/development role with the client I am working for. I will be billing at a higher rate and responsible for reporting and other administrative tasks. I ...
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Colleague wants to perform my position [closed]

I am tech lead of my team. Another developer on my team has been taking actions that are putting me in an uncomfortable situation. He is around 20 years older than me, and naturally carries more ...
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Stuck in high paying developer job [closed]

I have reached a very peculiar point in my career, and I am struggling to find the path forward. I am a hands-on team lead with 20+ years of experience with 3 direct reports. I work for a large ...
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Having an Staff Older than I am

Just want to share a bit of a background before I ask my question: Background I am a 25 year-old IT Practioner with around 4 years of Experience. I have had a solid 1-year experience in managing ...
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How to deal with an employee who addresses the supervisor in an inappropiate tone? [closed]

I am having a difficult situation dealing with one particular employee right now. A very short background story is, he is a developer and I am the lead. On top of giving technical advises, I decide ...
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How do I have better one on one meetings with a shy team member?

I am currently leading a team of 3 members with whom I regularly hold one-on-one meetings. One of them is a bit shy and I feel that the meetings aren't quite as valuable as the others. I don't want ...
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How to motivate a junior team member who has been procrastinating and is being somewhat careless

I'm a team lead and I have a team member who has a little more than an year's experience. He is basically smart and capable but he has been having an issue for couple of months and I have not been ...
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What should I do about a weak project lead who never appreciates my work? [closed]

For the last half year I have been working on an automation project that requires good technical skills. As a part of this project I have trained two interns and also worked hands on by resolving ...
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How can I be a leader if I might get myself replaced? [closed]

As a leader, why should you share your knowledge to your workmates? It seems that if you teach your coworkers too much they might just replace you or make you redundant. There must be something ...
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Boss wants me to lead a team of "more senior" teammates, but they're my friends

A small team is being created at my company and my boss wants me to lead that team. The 2 other guys that will be in it (we're hiring 2 more) are my colleagues and both in some ways are more senior ...
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How to systematically work towards gaining and retaining credibility as a to-be team lead?

I have been at a company for a little over 2 years now. I am still not quite confident in terms of the processes followed by the company in different situations. I know what our team specifically does,...
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Books to Manage / Work with Toxic People [closed]

I've been asked to do mentorship in my organization (City Government in USA), which is rewarding because I get to teach eager employees (from other departments for 2 months at a time). On the other ...
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As Scrum Master, how do I stop a team member from giving up too easily?

I am currently running a team that includes a developer. He is quite talented but the problem that he has is that when he gets stuck on a problem for a long period of time he simply loses interest ...
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CEO fell victim to pyramid scheme, what do I do? [closed]

Today I came into work and found a bottle in the break room with a different company name on it, drying by the sink. I asked the secretary about it, and she pointed me to the CEO's office, telling me ...
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How to work on behalf of manager? [closed]

My manager is out on holiday. I need to work on his behalf. What are the best way to motivate team members who are peers. How to add value during his absence.
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Diffusing leadership politics for the sake of a project's success

To keep this short. How can you tactfully and effectively tell a group of people who while although technically have superiority over you in your role within an organization. They have never done ...
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Should I tell an employee she's sabotaging herself, two weeks before I leave my job?

I am currently the manager of a team of 15 people. In two weeks' time I will leave this job for a totally different one, in a different sector and a neighbouring city. At my current job, I have one ...
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How can an experienced employee convince his manager to give team lead role & more responsibility?

I am an experienced IT professional who was leading a small team in my previous company. I joined a new company a few months back. My manager & most team members are completely new to IT, and ...
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I was asked to be the "temporary" lead of a voluntary team, but it's not temporary. How do I step down graciously?

We are going through a system modernization (government) and volunteer teams from each division were formed to work on the effort with the vendor. I volunteered to be a member of the team to assist, ...
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As a new teamlead, how to bring a subordinate's misconducts to attention of your manager

This is related to my previous question. In short, I have recently become teamlead of a team, which I had just joined. Problem is that I have a bossy, arrogant subordinate. In order to address the ...
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Advice about having discussion with a bossy subordinate who undermines my authority

Background I have about 4 years of experience, all that time I have been working in the same company. I am a researcher, and over the years I have managed to establish credibility in front of my ...
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Measuring employee moods via an app to better engage with them, how viable? [closed]

I work for a software company and we have recently had a debate around the value of measuring employee mood, this done via a polling widget which asks employees how are they feeling today and have to ...