Advice to New Leaders
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New leaders – leadership is about creating positive change in a group or organization to achieve some long-term objective. It involves having a vision, setting goals and knowing how to move the organization and its people towards them. The key skill for new leaders is learn how to best use your resources. And that includes your people and using their talents to get you to where you need to be.
As new leaders, you need to be able to show why you should have the authority. Why should you be in that leadership role? To show that you need to understand the organization and the world in which it operates. That way you can win the confidence and trust of the people you will lead. As new leaders you need the best brief you can get. And then you need to ask questions that will show people you are really interested in them and what they are trying to do.
Create more leaders as you go
If you are leading a team, you will need to develop and motivate individuals and groups. It means helping people find meaning and purpose in what they are doing. That is so that they can see it as worthwhile. And as a leader, you have a responsibility to create more leaders throughout you organization. You can do this by setting a positive example. New leaders succeed by allowing people to learn and develop on the job. And by encouraging them to be proactive. Let them know they really can influence the way the organization achieves success.
If you are the leader, you need to have resilience and be able to overcome obstacles that others would find daunting. You need to know how to find new solutions and inspire others to do the same thing. Ensure people throughout the organization know that their ideas are welcomed and rewarded. Help them to have confidence in you, when times are hard.
Be prepared to recognize and reward positive leadership wherever you find it throughout the organization. Let some of your own power be passed on to those around you. Just make sure they share your vision and that you have a way to know whether they are staying on the right track. Accept, as well, that letting go of power means taking risks and being ready to step when things go wrong. That is part of leadership too. Support your emerging new leaders and what you will win is their loyalty. They in turn will support you.
Good luck with your in your new role and get in touch with me if you would like more information about how to succeed.