Accepting a new leadership role is cause for celebration but it also comes with more responsibilities and challenges. In this article, we discussed some important tips that can help you achieve success in your new leadership role.
1. Review the Status Quo
It is often common for new leaders to hear from their team or colleagues “we have always done it this way”. You should not just accept anyway, because it has been like that. New leaders should review their function and think about those change and improvement that can make an impact. I am not suggesting that you have to reinvent every wheel in the organization but do not also accept ways that will not support the successful execution of the firm’s strategy. After all, a new leader is often expected to bring better ways.
2. Be careful with the Promises
Sometimes new leaders might be tempted to promise the team in other to create faster acceptance and team loyalty. Be careful, you should not give promises which are beyond your control. Example promise someone for a promotion, pay increase etc. When you failed to deliver on your promises, you’ll lose credibility with your team.
3. Learn about the New Environment
It is important for new leaders to research their new environment. The environment includes your team, customers, competitors, community and any other factor that could impact your performance. Maybe you are given this leadership position to create and implement change. If a new leader wants to succeed, you have to understand the dynamic and a very open operating environment.
4. Form Opinion on First Impression
Be careful again New Leader. Some team members will most likely come to you with lots of sweet words. This is to show their loyalty and support to your regime: Politics. Do not just believe them and take important decisions base on their info without proper scanning of the information. Forming a first impression alliance could be the beginning of your leadership failure or success.
The better way to receive every info, filter and try to verify the information.
5. Committed to People Development
When new leaders entered into office, the most common question in the mind of most middle and junior employees is what does this new leader have for us. For most people, it is not about money but growth. Therefore, developing and managing talent should be part of your individual development plan. Do not just jump to setting targets or financial goals without planning something for people who will help achieve the corporate goals.
6. Thinking you Know Everything
No matter how intelligent or smart you are, you should never assumed that you know everything. Nobody would want to be led by a person who believes that he knows all and would not allow them do their own part of the cake making. The sad truth is the fact that a leader who believes he knows everything, will in most cases impose a decision on others. Harvard Business School Professor Linda Hill studies show that as direct reports, the more talented the subordinate, the less likely she is to simply follow orders. Let the employees do their job. In fact, I advise you to delegate and learn more from them.
Hello New Leader, Leadership is about loving and empowering the people who trust and embrace your vision for the future – Bruce Van Horn
By Ebrima Sawaneh