Some people fall naturally into management while others work hard to get a foothold and then even harder to keep climbing the ladder. No matter which way you look at it, your first management position is likely to be a critical factor in how successful you will become as a leader.
If you are lucky you will have a good mentor or a strong role model. If not, you will have to learn the hard way. My advice is:
- Showing an understanding of your business and your market is key to obtaining credibility.
- Creating a team vision by painting a picture of the future is only the first step to motivating and leading employees… the ability to execute is what counts.
- Good time-management sets the right example.
- The ability to actively listen is a prerequisite skill.
- Thinking that you know all the answers will be one of your biggest mistakes.
- Never forget that you still have everything to learn so ensure you continue your own training and self-development.
- Leadership is about communication so work with your team and stay involved rather than hiding in the office.
- Employees will never be perfect so make sure you help them learn from their mistakes rather than play the blame game.
- Delegating is critical but remember, there is a big difference between making someone accountable and making them responsible.
- Handing out the credit is the strongest currency a leader has.
Do you have any advice to those starting out on their journey to become the leaders of tomorrow?