Your First Leadership Role
I was just reading the bizmore.com blog on what young professionals need to know before stepping into their first leadership role. In the blog, Oren Harari states his best advice is to “Don’t be passive. Don’t be reactive. Initiate ideas. Get things rolling. Seek problems and opportunities. Do the due diligence. Put together a team to test the waters. Find a project. Add value. Don’t just “do” your job description “box.”
I’d like to add that in order to take the first leadership steps with great creativity and draw others to your vision of bringing new ideas and value to the organization, you must be working and living in integrity with who you are. You will then be open to the creativity of the universe by paying attention to your intuition. You will be passionate in your communication around your projects. You will overrespond to feedback, rather than overreact. You will add value in everything you do.
More importantly, it is of greater significance to be a great leader, not just a doer. The attributes of a great leader are vision, clarity, focus, empowerment, and compassion. Of course, you may have more to add to that list, but these are good for starters.
Before you step in to that new role, take the time to truly know who you are and build your personal brand. You will be glad you did when you score that first major success as leader of team.
Georgia Feiste, owner of Collaborative Transitions, located in Lincoln, NE, is a life transitions coach, writer, and workshop facilitator. She specializes in career and personal life transitions for people seeking change in their life. Georgia is uniquely skilled in providing support and encouragement as her clients set intentional goals to attain their desires, holding open the space they need to stretch and grow. Her passion is success grounded in purpose and passion, standards of integrity and priorities in life. Her website is http://www.collaborativetransitions.com, where she blogs about business and career, and http://www.rainbowbridgecoach, where she and many other coaches blog about mind, body, spirit and emotion. Georgia can be reached at (402) 484-8098.