After being a ‘bank jock’ as one of my former clients put it, for the last seven years, I recently transitioned into a people leader role.
Going from a regular employee — who only has to worry about their own KPI’s — to a leader, has taught me a lot in a short space of time.
Leadership is very different to a normal career as you might have guessed. You can’t do what you did as a single contributor in a business when you’re a leader.
You have to think differently when you go from being an everyday employee to a leader.
Here’s what changes when you become a leader:
You must control your state.
As a regular employee (especially in sales) you can fly off the rails and operate from any state you wish.
As a leader, you have to learn to control your state.
When a customer escalates to you from your team, you have to control how you react. You’re supposed to be the bigger man or woman.
Instead of jumping to conclusions, you’re expected to use your emotional intelligence to understand the problem and stay calm in stressful situations.
You can’t go and cry to your boss every time a problem arises. And problems will arise even more as a leader.
Knowing how to control your state will save you.
Keeping the bigger picture in mind and not falling for short-term emotional states is a skill you’ll have to implement quickly if you are to succeed.
You must confront your fears.
As a regular employee, you can hide behind others and go unnoticed. I learned this the hard way when I suffered from mental illness and didn’t confront the issue head-on.
I hid my fear of anyone finding out about my mental illness and it crippled my career.
As I transitioned into being more of a leader I learned how to confront my fears and even share them.
The best leaders are vulnerable and if you’re to become one, you’ll need to learn to confront your fears on a daily basis. Why? See the next point.
You must go first.
As a regular employee, you follow the leadership team and watch what they do first. You let the leaders make decisions and then you execute.
As a leader, everything starts with you.
Leaders must go first and that’s why you’ll have to confront your fears. Going first means feeling the fear and taking action regardless. You can’t let fear hold you back if you are to go first.
You must go first as a leader because it’s on you to set the tone and be the example of what’s possible.
You must inspire.
As a regular employee, you are the one being inspired. You look to mentors and leaders to inspire you and show you what’s possible.
As a leader, everything happens in reverse. Your sole job is to inspire people to take action and execute on the goals of the business. This is done through your own example.
“Your job is to use the challenges you’ve overcome in your own career and life to inspire your team to do the same”
You do this by sharing the following:
- Huge failures in business
- Health challenges
- Romantic relationship issues and even divorce
- Career gaps
- Side hustles you started
You can also bring in third-party tools to assist such as Ted Talks, inspiring videos and online courses.
My favorite tool to use is to get colleagues to attend Tony Robbins events where they can be inspired face-to-face and be fully immersed in life-changing strategies.
Whatever you do, as a leader, you must inspire.
You must give first.
“To get people to do what you want, you first have to give them what they want”
This is the part many wannabe leaders mess up. Your job is not to dish out orders; your job is to find out what motivates the people who work for you and then help them hit their personal goals.
Once people feel like you have their back and they are well on the way to hitting their own goals, they’ll do whatever is required to help you hit your goals. It starts with you. Give first.
You don’t get to complain.
As a regular employee, you can complain all you want. It’s your bosses problem to deal with and to listen to.
Leadership is very different. Your job is not to complain but to identify issues (10%) and then spend the other 90% of your time solving those issues.
Going from a culture of complaining to problem finding, followed instantly by solution identification is not easy.
It feels good to complain and then do nothing.
As a leader, you’ll never do well if you complain yourself. You’re expected to have given up the game of complaining when you become a leader. You’re expected to be better than that.
You’ll have to be clear what you stand for.
As a regular employee, no one is going to necessarily ask you what you stand for on a daily basis. All that changes when you become a leader.
Leaders stand for something and they have a list of principles they lead by. I learned this the hard way when I interviewed for a leadership position and was asked what I stood for.
I fumbled around trying to answer the question and had not thought about what I stood for as a leader before. Now I’m crystal clear on what I stand for.
Here’s what I stand for as an example:
- Everyone gets treated equally
- I won’t ask you to do something I’m not prepared to do myself
- I will inspire you to pursue whatever goal lights you up
- I will help you write a clear career plan that we will follow up on fortnightly
- I will inspire you through personal development
- I will not abuse my power and use it for good
- I will expect you to give back to the community in your own unique way
- I will breed more leaders from my team
As a leader, you’ll need to stand for something and have a set of principles that guide you.
You’re responsible. The End.
The biggest difference between a regular employee and a leader I’ve learned is that you’re responsible. No matter who messes up, you’re expected to own issues and be responsible.
The buck stops with you and you can’t transfer the blame away from yourself like you can as a regular employee.
As a leader, you will fail and that’s okay. The key is to own your failures and admit them. After all, you’re paid more to be responsible. Responsibility is not easy, but that’s what leadership is.
“Leadership is not easy and that’s why we’re not all leaders”
The beauty is that being a leader allows you to grow more than you ever have before. Leadership is not something to be afraid of, but rather it should be embraced.
Don’t abuse your power. Use your power for good.
Transitioning from being a regular employee to a leader is one of the best decisions you’ll ever make.
Leadership will define you.
If you want to increase your productivity and learn some more valuable life hacks, then join my private mailing list on timdenning.net
How to Organize Your Digital Space for the New Year
Every new year brings with it a fresh start and a new set of resolutions. One new year’s resolution you can make that will help set you up for success is to maintain an organized workspace all year long. Much like you should keep your physical workspace clean and clutter free, you should also do the same for your digital work space. (more…)
How to Live Like a Millionaire Without Being One
You don’t have to look far to find people who seem to be living the high life. In both social and traditional media, the affluent lifestyle appears to be more the rule than the exception. While not always truthful, it’s part of the posturing that takes place in our rabidly consumer-driven society. (more…)
3 Ways to Overcome Impostor Syndrome
Imagine you’re the head of a $250 million company. Sounds great, right? Except you’re challenged with your level of success. In fact, your anxiety is so overwhelming that you walk out of an exclusive CEO event to talk to your executive coach. Without that support, you wouldn’t be able to return to a room filled with other leaders — most of whom aren’t running businesses worth nearly as much as yours. (more…)
4 Lessons I’ve Learned From Sending 3 Million Emails
As an entrepreneur, the heart of your business lies in your email marketing efforts. Sixty-four percent of small businesses use email marketing to reach their customers. Each year this percent will grow because email marketing can turn a fledgling business into the leader of the pack. What you do with those emails matters. Whether you’re a branding coach that helps newly service-based women or you’re like me – an expert content freelancer helping others learn to make a business online –at the end of your email marketing efforts, you’ll hopefully come away with lessons for improvement. I learned these lessons from sending three million emails. (more…)
4 Crucial Life Lessons Rich Dad, Poor Dad Taught Me
25 Inspirational Michael Bublé Quotes to Brighten Your Day
Here’s How Your Relationships Determines Your Happiness
50 Mind-Blowing Victor Hugo Quotes You MUST Read
48 Extraordinary Dr. Seuss Quotes To Motivate & Inspire You
55 Inspirational Quotes That Will Change Your Life
(Images) 52 Motivational Picture Quotes For An Epic Year Of Success
30 Famous Quotes That Will Inspire Success In You
40 Rare Motivational and Inspirational Picture Quotes
72 Positive Thinking Quotes For More Inner Strength & Growth
3 Prince EA Videos To Change Humanities Path To Greatness
(Video) What Is Success? An Entrepreneurial Story To Inspire You
(Inspirational Video) What If Today You Knew You Were Going To Take Your Last Breath?
How To Make Enough Money From A Blog To Quit Your Job – Kate McKibbin
How Finding Your Passion And Becoming An Entrepreneur Can Lead To Happiness – Chiquita Searle
Life3 weeks ago
5 Things You Should Do Differently in the New Year
Success Advice3 weeks ago
7 Ways To Write New Years Resolutions And Stick To Them
Life3 weeks ago
The Only 5 Tips You Need to Live a Better & Struggle-Free Life in 2022
Life2 weeks ago
6 Simple Ways to Practice Self-Care More in 2022
Life2 weeks ago
5 Ways to Ditch the Resolution in 2022 and Create the Solution
Quotes3 weeks ago
The 50 Unforgettable Betty White Quotes For Inspiration
Quotes4 weeks ago
237 Powerful Jordan Peterson Quotes You MUST Read
Success Advice4 weeks ago
How to Help Your Child Succeed in Life: 7 Tips From a Psychologist