You spend your career doing your best to get ahead, to be recognized for your work, to get a promotion, to become an admired and respected leader. For years you make the climb, just itching for your shot to be the leader of your team. You just know that if you got that chance, you’d make things happen.
Then, you get the chance…and all eyes are on you. It’s you who has to create a vision. It’s you who has to set the tone and pace for your team. It’s you who has to make the tough call. It’s you who has to hire and fire. But this is what you wanted, right?
When you’re hit with that “first fame” it can all be very overwhelming. Heavy is the head that wears the crown, right? So how do you avoid crumbling under the weight of the new and overwhelming responsibility you now face? Some ideas to consider:
- Observe: As you grow in your career, keep an eye on those leadership behaviors that work and don’t work.
- Incorporate: Adopt those leadership behaviors that inspire achievement and loyalty, disavow those that don’t.
- Document: Keep a journal of ideas, thoughts and processes that stick with you as relevant and meaningful and impactful.
- Gameplan: Combine everything you’ve experienced into a leadership meatloaf that serves as your driving vision for building and managing a team, budget and processes and protocols.
When that time comes when you’re tapped to take the lead, you’ll know exactly who you are, how you lead, how you decide and how you achieve results through and with the people on your team. And the role won’t seem so overwhelming.