Long years of sacrifice and hard work have finally paid off. The grueling and intense interviews are finished. You have obtained a new leadership position. Your time has come.
Are you ready? Do you have what it takes? Have you developed the crucial skills that will make you an effective leader?
Organizations continually change and doing things the way they have always been done before will not cut it today. Leaders must be flexible and observant of the environment around them. They must think strategically and prepare themselves for new adventures and challenges. Your ability to transition into leadership effectively will define your potential and your ensure success in the future. While there are many skills and qualities to master, there are three areas that will get you started on the right track: influence, coaching, and team leadership.
Although some may disagree, influencing others is an art. It is difficult to master and too often the most underdeveloped skill. Command and control management, delegating without explanation, and saying “because I said so” is no longer effective. We live in a time where clear communication and collaboration are crucial to achieve desired results. Good influence skills motivate others into action. Leaders must pass on the vision to employees in a way that “the” vision becomes their vision. This is done by clearly articulating the assignments, reasons, objectives, or goals important to the success of the team member’s team, and organization as a whole.
Employees thrive on opportunities to collaborate improving conditions. When they understand how important their contribution is, they often perform at higher levels and increase their commitment not only to the team but to the company as a whole. For the leaders it means gaining solid listening, interpersonal, and communication skills. Leaders must spark excitement within team members and cultivate their desire succeed; but remember, to do this effectively, you must be sincere and genuine.
Coaching is more than just one-on-one interaction with a team member, or telling them what to do and how to do it. Coaching is so much more. It requires patience, understanding, and a desire to help improve their performance as a team member. There is nothing more effective than a sincere and passionate coach. Successful leaders are those who can mentor and coach others in a way that is fair and easy to understand. Coaches must also model the skills that ensure success. Coaching isn’t something you can avoid or do once in awhile. Whether it is a formal one-on-one discussion or just coaching in the moment, you need to make the time and energy to give quality coaching to your team members. As their coach, you are developing their potential talent for success.
In today’s world, most organizations utilize a team approach. So it is vital for new leaders to have the skills to create, build, and lead high performance teams. This includes addressing issues from team cohesiveness to conflict resolution. Most importantly, a team leader must ensure that the team’s direction is aligned with the aims and mission of the organization. By instilling a sense of cohesiveness and accountability in team members, you will put your team on the path to high performance because they will be focused, united, and therefore more efficient.
As you develop and foster your skills of influence, coaching, and team leadership, you will quickly discover the positive effects they will have over you and those around you. Develop these fundamental leadership skills, think strategically, and prepare now so that, you will be a great leader who is equipped and ready with the necessary skills for success.