How To Succeed As A New Leader

It’s the moment you’ve work so hard for and finally have made it here. You’re finally a new leader whose past experience, skills, attitude, and reputation has landed you in a position of much authority and responsibility. There’s a good chance you’ll ace in your new role, however, it’s not guaranteed.

Everything you’ve done so far in your career has led you to this position, however, everything you’ve done so far isn’t what you require in order to continue doing to succeed. In fact, you’ll need a new set of skills to continue being successful.

We are SalesWorks did a little bit of research and went through a couple of think tanks of leadership centres and found 6 ways where you can apply to succeed as a new leader. Want to know more? Simply read on!

Encourage commitment. Leaders who recognise and reward their fellow team mate’s achievements are able to encourage and inspire commitment from their fellow teammates. These leaders publicly and proudly praise others for their performance, understand what motivates other people to perform at their best and provide tangible rewards for significant organisational achievements.

Lead others. Leaders who have good skills in directing and motivating people know how to interact with staff in ways that motivate them. They delegate to staff effectively, broaden staff opportunities, act with fairness toward direct reports and hire skillful people to become part of their teams.

Plan critically. This skill involves turning vision into realistic business strategy plans. Leaders who are highly competent in this area typically articulate long-term objectives and strategies, develop plans that balance long-term goals with immediate needs, update plans to reflect changing circumstances and develop plans that contain contingencies for future changes.

Manage changes. Skilled leaders have developed effective strategies for facilitating organisational change. Such a leader’s views change positively, adapts plans as necessary, manages others’ resistance to change, adapts to the changing external pressures facing the organisation and involves others in the design and implementation of change.

Develop staff. A leader skilled in the area of staff development usually coaches staff to improve performance, mentors the staff, encourages staff to develop careers and makes sure they understand their roles.

Practice self-awareness. This skill involves recognising personal limits and strengths. Self-aware leaders admit personal mistakes, learn from mistakes, seek ongoing feedback and know themselves well.

Being a new leader is challenging itself – so don’t make it even more so by not acquiring these habits. That, in itself, will enable you to find success. What can you do to succeed when you are a new leader? Write to us at communications@salesworks.asia