Learn how to transition from leading others to leading an organization. Get tips to succeed in a new C-Suite role.
- As a self-reliant leader, it's your job to model and strive for character based on virtues and to ensure it's never about you. Here are three tips for making sure your character is modeled and your words and deeds are directed outwardly to pull your targeted audience in. First, start on a positive note. Say congratulations for being a part of this team. This means you're in the company of that top 1% of professionals in your field because we only hire one out of a hundred people who apply to work here. You see what happens here, right? Instantly, people feel special, privileged and the talk is already all about them. You might transition into something along the lines of your past got you here, but all that really matters is where you're going. Now we're shifting the focus to the future. Second, connect with emotion. People think emotionally and justify logically. In other words, we decide very quickly and then use our prefrontal cortex to justify a decision that we emotionally already made. If you don't feel very good at telling stories, make this part of your personal development plan. Charts, stats, lists and diagrams bore people. Stories actually move people. Third, and this is what I would actually call the leader's secret weapon, appeal to the team's sense of duty. To do this, you need to know what's important to each team. Hit those key themes which are likely achievement, recognition and the work itself. Appealing to a team's sense of duty to each other is powerful. I have yet to meet a person who doesn't have a sense of duty to something or someone. Saying something as simple as the team is counting on you universally appeals to a sense of duty. Remember, as the leader, it's not about you and it never is. Using these tips can help you engage in your team in uncommon ways.