Be a leader who creates a culture of enthusiasm, trust, growth, and creativity for the team.
Most of the technically talented people step into leadership after being a high performing individual contributors. However, this is not a straightforward transition. The qualities that make an individual contributor successful can hinder their success as a leader. Almost a 360-degree shift in mindset is needed.
As an individual contributor, your strength was knowing the answers, being an expert in your field, and being hands-on. As a leader, you are responsible for the contribution of your entire team. You need to inspire people with your vision, guide them through the execution, effectively delegate with follow up, take a calculated risk, and create team culture conducive to success.
A successful leader is the one who does not know all the answers but one who can ask the right questions and knows how to engage people who have answers. One who can delegate effectively, follow up and undertake crucial conversations when needed.
Often individual contributors struggle with the transition to leadership because of the vast difference in the expectations of the roles and strain on yet to be developed people skills. They tend to either become micromanagers or entirely hands-off managers essentially contributing as an individual with additional management duties. The teams suffer significantly under such managers.
Let me help you expedite your journey towards becoming an effective leader.
- Transitioning to leadership from individual contributor
- Developing leadership presence and brand
- Handling tough conversations
- Managing remote teams
- Developing people
- Operational excellence for organizations
- Giving and receiving feedback
- Facilitating meetings
- Getting most out of your team without causing burn out
- Cross-functional leadership
- Creating engaging presentations
- Managing up