6 Ways You Can Succeed As A New Leader

By Paul Keijzer

Congratulations on earning your place as the new leader of your team or a new organization. It’s the moment you’ve work so hard for and finally have made it here. You’re a new leader whose past experience, attitude, skills and reputation has landed you in a position of much authority and responsibility. There’s a good chance you’ll succeed in your new role, however, it’s not guaranteed.

Everything you’ve done so far in your career has led you to this position, however, everything you’ve done so far isn’t what you need to continue doing to succeed. In fact, you’ll need a new set of skills to continue being successful. You need to adapt those traits and develop skills that make leaders winners.

But before you start aimlessly polishing up on your leadership skills, there are several things to consider if you want your leadership to be impactful. It’s not just you who can make it a success – it’s an entire team, the mindset, a culture, and the organization itself, all working in harmony and aligned towards a common higher purpose.

Being a new leader is not only challenging, it’s downright intimidating. If you’re not having sleepless nights thinking about the things you should and shouldn’t be doing then you’re not serious about succeeding enough. However, you can sleep easier if you’re able to adopt these habits that help you, as a new leader, go beyond success – you could just very well be legendary!

1. Avoid Power Trips

Once you’ve earned your place as a leader – a position of authority – it’s fairly easy to let the power get to you. And why not! A lot of leaders in the past started off with great intentions and plans. They were going to do good and revolutionize their organizations. Instead, they let the power and status get the better of them. Rather than letting your ego get the best of you and hold on to your position, work on being able to adapt, transform with time and let go when the time is right. By doing this you’ll also stay clear of the old trap where you aren’t able to adapt to present times and are still lingering on to the past.

2. Trust Your New Team

When you become a new leader you’ll inherit a team that isn’t necessarily handpicked by you. In a few weeks of working with them, you’ll realize that unlike the previous team you had they may not necessarily be as synced with you or at par with your expectations of them. This leads to many leaders bringing in their trusted team from their previous organization. Sure, they’re tried and tested and you have faith in them. Sure they’ve delivered for you in the past and they’ll do the same now as well. Unfortunately, however, bringing in your “old buddies” could negatively impact team morale, particularly for the current team. Such situations often lead to a culture of favoritism which can be detrimental for your team and its success. Go to the full article.

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