As a new or existing manager/leader, self-appointed or promoted, you have taken a step into a different type of challenge. You have chosen to move forward in your development, (personal or professional) to advance, go forward and be successful, successful in moving forward. This new development will definitely require you to apply other qualities that you may have never been demanded from you. I will explain this.
Say that you have been a fantastic sales rep and your results have proven that, you get a promotion to become manager. Your qualities and performance as a rep have made you a manager, but these qualities do not automatically make you a good leader or manager. As a manager/leader other characteristics is needed to become a good manager. As a manager, you will go far if you rely on your sales skills, on the contrary, you will probably fail as a manager. It is therefore important that you have the following in mind when especially after a promotion, or if you already are a manager. I strongly recommend that you start taking the leadership ladder very seriously.
- People will follow you because they have to. You have been promoted, and your employees have the choice to quit their jobs or continue. If they have chosen to continue they have to follow you because they must. Here you place the “tone”, not by a charismatic speech or make bombastic promises, how you are and what you are supposed to bring, but by putting your character through your work. You should find out what expectations the company has from you, what the job requires of you. Build your plan and be watchful of what you say or Do your job properly, and start by building relationships on a sound and healthy way. It all begins with you starting off with the planning (P), preparation (P), structure (S) and the rules and reports (R). With these, the foundation of good leadership is being built.
- People follow you because they want to. If you are good at your position (skills and leadership), your employees begin to follow you. You are doing a sufficiently good job and they want to follow you, they see what you do and want to be part of it. When you stand by your word and inspire confidence, your employees look up to you in turn building relationship based on honesty and sincerity. When you set aside time for them and give them encouragement by facilitating their work whilst getting involved with tasks, they see that you stand for what you are doing not only what you say. You listen and show appreciation; you build relationships based on honour and respect. You are a person to trust and feel secure with. Your boss will see all of these, most importantly it will reflect in your reports and commend you to carry on. Once you get your boss’s support, you intern give it back to him or her and create a better work environment for everyone. You build the foundation for your successful leadership.
- People follow you because they see what you are doing for the company. Your effort is seen by your employees and, depending on how hard you work, how much time you spend, your commitment to the company and to them, they will want to be part of this, a part of success. Here, your work capacity and your fulfilment of the work presented is visible; how you set the goals and how to achieve them, what strategy do you have and how you will implement it. Previously, you could “force” your employees to do what it takes, here, they see what you’re capable of and see your skills. You set personal and corporate goals, sometimes given to you from your boss. You work hard and are always focused, you see your employees as the company’s greatest asset. You are also clear and specific in what you do which again builds, relationships, trust and respect.
- People follow you because they see what you do for them. The more dedicated you are to your employees, the more you are there for them, the clearer it becomes to them that you add something to and for them. You are there for them. You show a genuine interest in your employees in particular and for people in general. This can sometimes take some time, I have been witness to that. You cannot just be social and ignore the results to be achieved otherwise you will be back to step 2. You enhance other people; you show passion and commitment, and showing a sense of security that cannot be underlined by some form of fear. You show that “impossible” goal just a thought and your people trust you. Being confident as a leader takes time and requires that you have a good and clear self-image. If you do not have good image, those around you will see this causing a manipulated and unhealthy atmosphere, superior and authoritarian style. To avoid this, one requires knowledge, training and implementation. Again, you have to submit your PFSR in order to succeed.
- The symbolic leadership. To reach the fifth step, I would say is nothing to have as a goal. It is something that comes with age and dedication to people and life. I believe that neither Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela nor Gandhi Mahtma aimed to be the leader of this status.
My advice is that you work on first 4 and then, with time and commitment to the people as well as the world, take on step 5. If you now want to get there of course.
Which managers/leaders have inspired you? What have they done? How were they? What were they doing well? How can you learn from them and their leadership and take it into your leadership?
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