Learn how to come to terms with your situation—whether you have a good boss who will give you a lot of support, or a bad or overwhelmed boss who won't or can't.
- Do you have a good boss who gives you a lot of support? Congratulations. Or, maybe you have a bad boss, or an overwhelmed boss, who won't or can't devote the time to leading you. Either way, leading yourself starts with assessing your current leadership situation at work. Making a commitment to lead yourself is an important step in your career, because it means you are in control of your destiny. Regardless of who your boss is, learning how to lead yourself will make you self-sufficient, self-aware, and it will improve your ability to ultimately lead others.
So, let's identify where you stand in regard to your current boss. Most bosses fall into one of three camps. First, the good bosses. Second, the bad bosses. Or third, the most common, the well-intended but overwhelmed boss. So, let's talk a little bit about the three types. Let's talk about what makes a good boss. Now, this is the kind of boss who gives you constructive and helpful feedback. They give you direction. Great bosses though need someone who can lead themselves, and they really appreciate it.
Because you know, everyone gets busy, even a great boss, so when they know they don't need to worry about you, it makes your boss value you even more. So leading yourself when it's done correctly, it doesn't mean you're stepping on your boss's toes, it means you're taking things off their plate, and you're making sure their leadership efforts are successful. Now that's something every good boss appreciates. But then, there's the not so good boss. This is the boss who doesn't give you any feedback.
They don't show any interest in your development, and they seem to only rely on you when they've messed something up. Now having a bad boss, it can be really challenging. We have all been there. But in this situation, leading yourself is critical, and you have to do it without a lot of support. Now, the upside of a bad boss is it can leave you with a lot of whitespace for you to set your own goals, and it enables you to take charge of your own development. So just because you have a bad boss that doesn't mean that you're alone.
Now we'll talk later about where to find support in leading yourself, and how to hold yourself accountable, even when no one else is. Finally, there's the overwhelmed boss. Now this is the most common. This is the boss who has good intentions, but there just aren't enough hours in the day for them to give you as much attention as they want to. Now this boss will be relieved at any effort you take to lead yourself. So in this course, we'll cover how to frame up your self leadership skills in a way that helps your boss see you as a true emerging leader.
But for now, understanding your current leadership situation is fundamental for establishing a plan to lead yourself. If your boss is great at giving feedback, but not so great at helping you set goals, you can learn to set your own goals. If your boss can give a killer pep talk but isn't so great about performance reviews, you have the opportunity to do that for yourself. You see, your job is not to change your boss. Your job is to take charge of your own development, and this course will help you take the reins of your career.
Because regardless of where your boss is on the spectrum, your career will grow from self-leadership. So as we move through this course, think about which of the three camps your boss falls into, and how you can leverage that to improve your leadership.
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- Managing your mindset
- Assessing your leadership needs
- Motivating yourself
- Leading yourself in tough times
- Managing your behavior
- Setting goals
- Giving yourself an honest performance review
- Managing your boss
- Peer to peer leadership