At any point when you're offering direction, try to lead with questions, not statements, says Greg Denaro, manager of HR Services for human resources and business solutions provider Insperity.
"Influence team members by expressing a clear strategy and soliciting their opinions on the approach instead of dictating the process," he says. "Lead with questions, not statements, to create an open atmosphere that allows for new ideas."
See the team as a way to improve results.
When working on a team, you have an opportunity to see that delegating and putting heads together can not only be fun, but can also lead to improved overall results that last long after the teamwork is done, Greenberg explains.
"Bossy people may learn that teamwork is the way to go. They may find that two heads are better than one, because very often people find they are more creative when paired with others," she says. "That's what think tanks are all about. You get so many great people bouncing ideas off of one another, suddenly you're able to think outside the box."
Being bossy isn't always a bad thing, Greenberg says. Perhaps taking on a boss persona was the best course of action in your last job, but it may not be serving you at this point in your career.
"Nobody wants to be not liked at work," she says.
Once the teamwork is done, don't forget to share the credit, Denaro says.
"When the project is complete, share the credit with the entire team. Taking all of the credit will not only burn bridges with team members, but also bring an individual's integrity into question if discovered by management."