“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” – Jack Welch
As a professional, there is nothing more rewarding than receiving the news that you have been promoted. Even more exciting is when you have been awarded a leadership role. But after the excitement wears off, for many new leaders the next thought is, how do I lead?
If that is you, you’re not alone. It’s natural to be nervous as a first-time leader, whether others admit it or not.
Becoming a new leader involves developing a combination of skills, attitudes, and behaviors that inspire and guide others toward a common goal. Whether you’re stepping into a formal leadership role or taking on a leadership position in a project or team, here are some tips from Forbes to help you become an effective leader:
- Stop Doing and Start Leading – This sounds simple, right? Let your team members take on the tasks and lead them through deliverables. However, many leaders have trouble relinquishing control. It can be difficult if your team members aren’t performing to your standards but you are doing them a disservice if you continue to take over. Leading a team means empowering them to take on the task you provide guidance and support as needed.
- People and Process – It’s understandable as a leader to take the processes and procedures of the organization seriously and have a systemic way of tackling projects. However, as noted in this article, “you have to balance stability and creativity.” Managing your ego is key. Allow your team members the space to brainstorm their own tasks. Their way of doing things will differ to yours, and may be better.
- Become the Genius Coach – A vital role in being a good leader is knowing when to coach more and consult less. Coaching employees on their role and responsibilities gives them the opportunity to master their role and learn from mistakes. Listening to your team members questions sets them up for success and enhances their confidence.
Leadership is a continuous journey of growth and development. Be open to learning, adapt to changing circumstances, and focus on creating a positive and productive work environment.
If you come from a place of authenticity and compassion, you are off to a strong start.
Here are articles we found helpful on the topic:
How to be someone’s best boss ever
Stepping into a Leadership Role? Be Ready to Tell Your Story.
How To Be A Successful New Leader