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Advice for Any and All New Leaders – 5 Tips

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Are you the new leader; the new guy or gal in charge?

Being the new leader or person in charge of any organization can bring with it a lot of  challenges, self-doubt and worry. Why? Because it is change. And any time there is a change there will be some resistance. Resistance from those that are being led, resistance from those who don’t know whether to trust you, and your own resistance as you doubt yourself during what can sometimes be a steep learning curve. This is a trying time for any new leader, but also the most critical.

Here are a few tips to help you through this important transition:

  1. Recognize that you aren’t alone. Many have gone through exactly the same feelings and concerns that you are having.
  2. Keep the end in mind and practice patience. You will have a vision. It is important to remember that nothing is built-in a day. Keep the vision in mind and continue to work with it – let it excite you and continue to motivate you. And don’t stop sharing it with everyone else.
  3. Recognize set backs as learning opportunities. You will have some set backs, it is normal. How you deal with those set backs will define you as a leader. You can get discouraged or you can use set backs as a challenge to overcome and become stronger. Learn and move on.
  4. Persevere with confidence and seek help if you need to. As a leader you have the skills to be successful or you wouldn’t be the leader. Trust yourself and your abilities. But if you need help don’t hesitate to ask for it.
  5. Keep learning. The best thing you can do for those you lead, is to improve yourself. As a new leader you will have lots of challenges and very little time, but take the time. It can be as little as reading a chapter a day as your computer boots up in the morning.

Any of you have other tips? We would love to hear them, please share below. Thanks!

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  • Girish January 29, 2012, 1:42 pm

    I agree with your comments Mike. Simple & Practical tips and tips that will work. I think ask helping is quite important as it is possible because of all the challenges you may sometimes miss the obvious.
    In addition, if your new responsibility is to prevent the ship from sinking, i suggest the below tips.
    – Establish a personal connect (if you have 10 team members, ensure you speak to them atleast once)
    – If you have multiple client stakeholders, find out who can help you in your mission and establish review sessions with them
    – Understand the dynamics in the new environment so that you don’t put yourself in an awkward situation

  • Mike Rogers January 29, 2012, 2:07 pm

    Thanks Girish for your comments. Your tip on making personal contact with each member on the team is an important one. Sometimes new leaders can get so busy that they forget to reach out and make that connection on a regular basis. It can provide a great gauge on how people are feeling as well.


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