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The myth about being promoted.

Congratulations on your promotion!

With this new leadership title, you have taken on an important role in your organisation.

Believe me, it's understandable if you feel a little overwhelmed right now (and excited).

You may think that your previous role skills will easily transition into this new role, but that's not always the case.

It's a common misconception that being a great individual contributor and technical expert means you'll automatically be a great leader.

In reality, leadership requires a whole new set of skills and ways of thinking.

So, what do you need to know?

Firstly, it's essential to recognise that being a new leader requires a different mindset. You have to focus on appropriate work for your new pay grade, so you'll need to level up your thinking.

One of the challenges you may face in this new role is working out what this level means in terms of your responsibilities.

Additionally, you'll need to pay attention to your team. They are also going through a transition and have a new boss. Everything has changed for them, and they'll look to you for guidance and support.

To succeed, you'll need to manage this transition period.

Of course, you want the team to perform well, stay motivated and work together towards the organisation's goals.

So, what skills do you need to focus on to nail this new role?

Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Communication: As a leader, you must communicate effectively with your team. This means listening to connect, providing feedback, and conveying your ideas clearly.

  2. Empathy: Being able to understand and relate to your team members is crucial. Empathy helps you build trust and fosters a positive work environment.

  3. Decision-making: You'll be making a lot of decisions in your new role, so it's important to be able to analyse information, weigh the pros and cons, and make informed decisions.

  4. Delegation: As a leader, you can't do everything yourself. Delegating tasks to your team members is essential to get things done efficiently.

  5. Time management: You'll juggle multiple responsibilities in your new role, so time management is crucial. Being able to prioritise tasks and manage your time effectively will help you stay on top of things.

Remember, being a new leader requires a different mindset and a whole new set of skills. But with the right attitude and a willingness to learn, you can thrive in your new role and make a positive difference in your team.

What skills do you think you need to focus on to nail this role?

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