Most of the time when you are doing, you are not leading. It’s hard to see the horizon and develop strategy if you spend 4 hours a day on email or you are executing things you should have delegated. Moving from the doing mindset to one of a leader takes focus and skill.
“After each promotion, your job will be more complex, the scrutiny more severe, the consequences of failure greater, and the need to align and inspire people more intense. Furthermore, your success increasingly depends less on what you do and more on your vision of the future and how effectively you motivate others to achieve it.
“ Berson, Alan S.; Stieglitz, Richard G. (2012-12-31). Leadership Conversations: Challenging High Potential Managers to Become Great Leaders (p. 3). Wiley
First things first. Do you want to be a leader? Why?
What are your motivations for being a leader?
Will you receive satisfaction from developing the capabilities of your team members?
Can you provide vision and strategic direction to the organization or work closely with someone that can bring out that type of thinking so that you can effectively communicate it?
Is it important to you that your team members, customers and suppliers succeed?
Are you willing to consider new factors like social responsibility, expanding marketplaces, and new cultures?
Will you be willing to address small conflicts before they become bigger ones?
Are you willing to learn how to communicate more effectively?
Are you willing to take the time to develop the skill to coach others?
Could you spend an entire day just listening and watching your team?
These questions are designed to help you think at your highest level. Great leadership conversations take practice and skill. Reading about being a great leader is good; practicing in a safe environment with peers is better. I can read for a week about how to ski but until I start sliding down the mountain I don’t know where I need to improve to be better at skiing. Having an instructor is an effective shortcut to getter better, faster. Here’s why, you don’t know what you don’t know and it’s not your team’s job to correct you. It’s your job to serve them.
We are offering an advanced class beginning in March called Leader to Coach. This 4-month course will teach leaders how to use coaching methods to engage and motivate their team members towards the change they want to see. Learning to listen appropriately, ask the right questions and motivate others to achieve their potential is the cornerstone of great leadership. If you have an interest in being on the waiting list for this course or to be a part of our Manager to Leader course that also begins in March, please let me know by replying to this email and I will send you more information.
I would like to thank Samantha Steidle, for being such a big help in on boarding a new, major client this week. Her persistence, professionalism, and work ethics have been instrumental in helping things move forward successfully.