Start learning with our library of video tutorials taught by experts. Get started
Viewers: in countries Watching now:
In this weekly series, Todd Dewett, PhD, shares the tips respected and motivated managers use to improve rapport, navigate tricky situations, build better relationships, and drive the business forward. Each week, we'll release two tips ranging from avoiding the dreaded micromanagement to managing a multigenerational workforce, cultivating better listening skills, and developing an understanding of your organization's politics. Check back every Wednesday for more Management Tips.
I hear a lot of young professionals state that they want to grow into the ranks of leadership. Most of them do mean it, but unfortunately they have no idea what they're talking about. Being a leader is a classic example of something you just don't understand until you have the chance to do it. Sometimes people say they want to be promoted into leadership and they mean it, but what they really want are the perceived perks that come with being a leader. They want the feeling of admiration that often comes with the higher title and status. They, of course, want the higher pay.
They like the idea of people working for them too, not to mention the extra perks that might include a nicer office, an expense account, or maybe preferred parking, or even a gym membership. It all sounds so nice doesn't it? Well, some of it is, but the truth is that the new challenges you will face will outweigh the perks you were thinking about. That's why you have to genuinely and passionately want to be a leader. Here's why. There are three new realities you have to deal with immediately when you accept a formal position of leadership.
First, you will be judged by others more frequently and more harshly. Here's the truth. Sometimes they will love decisions you make, and sometimes they will strongly disagree with decisions you make. When you are a member of the team, you weren't making decisions that affect others. Now you are. So get ready to be judged a lot. But don't let it scare you and remember the goal is not popularity. It's making great decisions that earn you respect. Next, grab another cup of coffee because you're going to be working extra hours.
With very few exceptions, leadership roles require more time. That's not simply hours at the office. It might be hours at night and on weekends. In today's world with 24/7 connectivity, some feel the leader's job never ends. Finally, expect your overall stress level to increase sometimes significantly. First, your hours go up, but that's just the beginning. Next, you realize that you're running a budget now. Your decisions will be heavily scrutinized by those above you because every call you make affects the larger firm's financial position.
Finally, you now have direct impact on the lives of the employees who directly report to you. You can add value to their lives, or make them stressed out depending on how effectively you learn to interact with them every day. By the way, some of them will be easy to deal with, and others will test you like you have no idea. So, do you still want to be a leader? I hope so. It's worth it. It involves lots of work and significant challenges, but it also affords you a chance to make a difference for your organization and your employees.
Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Management Tips.
Here are the FAQs that matched your search "":
Sorry, there are no matches for your search ""—to search again, type in another word or phrase and click search.
Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.
Search within course videos and transcripts, and jump right to the results.
Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.
Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.
Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.