Taking the first steps on the Leadership Ladder

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:

  1. Showing an understanding of your business and your market is key to obtaining credibility.
  2. 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.
  3. Good time-management sets the right example.
  4. The ability to actively listen is a prerequisite skill.
  5. Thinking that you know all the answers will be one of your biggest mistakes.
  6. Never forget that you still have everything to learn so ensure you continue your own training and self-development.
  7. Leadership is about communication so work with your team and stay involved rather than hiding in the office.
  8. Employees will never be perfect so make sure you help them learn from their mistakes rather than play the blame game.
  9. Delegating is critical but remember, there is a big difference between making someone accountable and making them responsible.
  10. 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?

About Peter Borner

Peter is an entrepreneur and successful business leader. Currently leading a consultancy firm specialising in technical diligence for M&A and advising global firms on IT consolidation and migration to consumption based costing through the use of Cloud Technologies.

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