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Learning to let go

I bet when you applied for that promotion you were excited and felt you could do this standing on your head.
And now, here you are doing the role, and you’re wondering why it’s harder than you expected.

The work you are an expert at is most likely not part of your role now.

A leadership role requires more ‘thinking’ than the ‘doing’-type role you are used to.
When your head is down in the doing, you aren’t looking up with a future focus or doing the high-value work appropriate for your new senior level.
What you are being paid to do now is different from what you did in your old role.
That’s the thing about leading. The person you were in your old, technical role must morph into another style of person. You need to approach things differently to lead the team well, so that you’re all performing at the right level.
This is about letting go of what you used to do. I’m not saying you must change everything about who you are. Your values, beliefs and core identity will remain unchanged (mostly). It’s some of your behaviours, habits and skills that need to level up.
This leadership role requires new skills, so you must be prepared to become a learner again.
This is an excerpt for my new book, due out in February 2022.

Click here if you would like a complementary chapter.

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