The Challenge of Leadership
New team leaders are thrust into a position where, for the first time, they become accountable for what their team accomplishes. When the team wins, they win. But when the team loses, the buck stops at their door. It is not easy to transition as a new leader.
High performing leaders know there’s no one else to blame. And new leaders quickly learn that they need to behave differently from how they excelled as an individual contributor. The challenge to do it right comes with the new title. The challenge is to learn quickly how to successfully transition as a new leader.
You don’t want to mess this up. You were selected as a leader because your superiors believed in your potential to lead. And, let’s face it, this promotion is a great opportunity to grow and learn what you’re made of. It is your chance to transition into a leader of merit and create a high performing team.
The Successful Transition
Of course, your journey from contributor to leader will take place in the context of your specific work environment, your team’s charter, and your personal style. Data from our leadership simulation assessment reveals five common aspects of successful leadership transitions.
The Bottom Line
Transitioning to manager is rarely easy. Step into your new leadership role by being thoughtful about what you say and what you do. Focus on the success of the team, listen before you act, be caring and trustworthy, nail the “firsts,” and use your time wisely.
To learn more about how to successfully transition as a new leader, download 6 Top Traps That Can Sabotage Success as a Leader
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