Join Todd Dewett for an in-depth discussion in this video Feeding your learning curve, part of New Manager Fundamentals.
Here's a simple truth. When you step into a leadership role, it's guaranteed you will work more hours than the average employee. That's never so true as during the first few months of a new leadership role. Let me offer a comment about simply surviving and maintaining balance or at least rapport an understanding with your closest friends and family members. Leadership roles are very demanding and can put a strain on family time and personal time. Compared to the typical employee, you'll inevitably work a few nights and weekends.
Become a proactive communicator about these topics. Make sure your friends, your spouse or partner, and your children have clear expectations about your professional role and its demands on your time. Strive to schedule specific time to engage in activities with your loved ones and work hard to ensure those activities represent high quality time together. The more successful you become and the more you receive promotions in the future, the more necessary it will become to focus on the quality of those interactions, more than just quantity.
As I've stated before, the skills and knowledge that helped you earn your promotion are not the same skills and knowledge that will make you successful moving forward. Now, you need to build new leadership skills, as well as a bigger knowledge of the business. Let's consider several possible sources that can help you feed your learning curve. The first step to building your new leadership skills is to identify several great resources. One useful habit to form immediately is to start bringing relevant learning materials with you wherever you go, whether it's a book or an app on your phone.
In the area of leadership and organizational life, you'll find many useful and engaging books, articles, blogs, apps, and podcasts covering every aspect of leadership, not to mention the videos you're watching right now. Start using them whenever you find even a few minutes of downtime. Next, commit to relevant leadership-related training. Training might be online or in a classroom setting and it might be provided by your organization or you might consider proactively purchasing training in the market.
Training topics, run the gamut. From soft side leadership-related skills to hard side functional training relevant to your industry. Collaborate with your manager and choose what's right for you. Building your professional network is another great way to gain leadership skills. Networking refers to active attempts to increase the quantity and quality of professionals with whom you are connected, particularly inside the organization. Starting right now, I want you to consider lunches, coffee breaks, or any form of downtime at work as an opportunity to build or strengthen your professional relationships.
A robust network keeps you in the know and accelerates your learning. Your new role also requires you to spend time learning more about the business. You need to understand the basic duties and responsibilities of all roles in the group. How information and work products flow into the group, and how the work moves downstream towards the customer after your group has completed its work. To accomplish this, you have many sources inside the organization to study, such as organizational charts and process manuals.
These collectively define our standard operating procedures or simply put the way we do things around here. You have a lot to learn, try not to look at these action items as discreet events, do what all great leaders do and get focused on continuous learning.
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- Clarifying performance expectations
- Feeding your learning curve
- Building rapport with your team
- Explaining your decision-making style
- Increasing your authenticity
- Communicating proactively
- Knowing when to have a meeting and who should attend
- Coping successfully with your transition<br><br>
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