Have you ever been in a management role or promoted to a more senior position because you have been good at your job and you have felt like it is the natural next step? Then WOAH you find yourself in the new position and feel completely out of your depth. Don’t worry we have all been there and suffered painful lessons. In this article we examine what could help new leaders to be more successful.
Organisations often make the easy mistake of promoting great technical staff into management roles without equipping them with the correct tools, skills or support network to be successful. With the right development and support to hand you need never have another sleepless night or wake up and sit bolt upright in a panic in the middle of the night in a fit of worry because you have forgotten to do a crucial task but had forgotten amidst your 50 other to dos.
In our opinion being a leader is one of the loneliest jobs you will ever undertake. Somehow as a leader you are expected to have all the answers and never let your guard down and scream that you don’t know where the solution lies. It’s ok to not know all the answers but even better when you don’t having a coach or mentor to bounce ideas off of is crucial not only to support you make the right decisions but for your wellbeing as a leader. Have a coach, who will challenge and support you to make tough decisions will keep you focused and help you to note the achievements and progress you are making.
Choosing the right coach for your career will be the best decision you ever make and it will form a huge part of your self development as a leader. Surrounding yourself with people who have management and leadership experience is a great way to help you develop in your role too.