Many see Leading teams as the holy grail of work. But in the end, it comes down to a few simple basic steps mixed with a big dose of authenticity.
When I think back about my first leadership role at one of my startups (I thought it meant recruiting a bunch of people), I wish I had a little guidance to make sure things don’t blow up in my face down the road (as they obviously did…)
Here are a few of the essentials to make sure you are ready to get into or thrive in your leadership roles:
🔗 MAKE SURE OTHERS KNOW ABOUT YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS
1. Reflect on general trust, confidence, and connection with the people around which you feel less inclined to speak up
2. Check in where you do feel comfortable enough to speak your mind?
3. There are general confidence-building exercises that I enjoy a lot, one is a format from Google called “I am remarkable”. Reach out if you would like to know more!
4. Practice – against all odds – to speak up. Like every other skill, confidence or speaking up in meetings/groups is a skill that can be learned through practicing it. This can feel hard, but after a while (with some support and background work) this will become much easier.
🚀 NETWORK UPWARDS
It’s always great to mingle with your peers, it might even feel comfortable. In order to be considered as the natural candidate for a new leadership opening – mingle with the decision-makers. Make sure they know your name and what you stand for.
🔬 HOW TO STAY INFORMED WITHOUT MICROMANAGING
1. Reflect on yourself and check how trust in your team is? Maybe it’s different with different people and different levels of?
2. Check in with yourself about what you really need to know in order to work well and inform your own stakeholders well? Sometimes we think we need to know more but actually comes from a sense of insecurity rather than a real need to know
3. Check in with your team about how they would like to update and communicate with you
4. Then have a conversation with them about how you would like to have regular updates and why you need what. When they understand your need for information, they will be much more open and understanding to give you details.
⭐ TAKE RESPONSIBILITY
If things go sideways then own your part in it. Do not blame others or circumstances. Take the hit and make sure you learn from it and share the learnings with your stakeholders so they see you take things seriously.
Want to apply this yourself but not sure about how? Or am I missing some essential skills for leaders in Tech? Then reach out to me:
Do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about my journey or want to know more about how we can get the same results for yourself.