Start by understanding that leadership is a set of skills. Your old skills are no longer enough. In this course learn about the nature of your new job and what it means to be an effective leader.
- For many new leaders, leadership seems mysterious and a little hard to define. It's not. Mountains of social science research tell us that leadership is a set of skills, which are behaviors anyone can learn with the right effort. Any nerves you may be experiencing right now will eventually fade as you ramp up the learning curve and begin to build your leadership skills. In order to prepare you for what's to come, please know that what got you here won't work anymore. The technical and functional job skills that earned you accolades are not the same skills that will enable you to be a successful leader of a team.
For example, if you're a great accountant, it doesn't follow that you'll be a great leader of accountants. Leadership is a series of people-related skills that help you facilitate the work of others. It's not about doing the work per se anymore. Your job is to help, facilitate, structure, and plan the work of others. By the way, I don't want you getting lost thinking about the difference between a manager and a leader. For years, people have suggested the two are very different.
They say things like, "Managers deal with the status quo. "Leaders create the future. "Managers execute plans. "Leaders inspire vision." These really aren't useful statements. The truth is that every boring aspect of being an administrator has been labeled management and every interesting aspect of being an administrator has been labeled leadership. But they're the same thing. So don't worry about those fictitious differences. Just get focused on being the very best leader you can possibly be.
I also want you to understand the immense importance of being a leader. When a human being is formally charged with leading others, they have huge power. We all know that bad bosses cause significant stress. But I want you to focus on the flip side, which is that you also have amazing power to do good and add value. You have the power to facilitate a team's journey from good to great. Great leaders have the power to transform organizations and even communities.
But we should start simple. Let's begin your leadership journey by focusing on the essential skills for the next few months. Good luck.
- Establish identity as a manager.
- Identify best practices for clarifying performance expectations.
- List effective communication tips.
- Articulate the main elements of effective feedback.
- Define rapport.
- Distinguish types of decision-making styles.
- Signal fairness and integrity.
- Articulate how to best assert authority.