When you are a leader, people will be watching your every moves like a hawk.
So, there are a couple of things to do and not to do in order to be unimpeachable and to represent your true self well.
Sometimes, the novelty of the job, the number of people you meet, the quantity of information transiting in your direction, the new type of pressure tend to make you forget your role as a leader.
The truth is that you do during your first few days as a leader will mark memories in the long run.
10 Things Every New Leader Should Do
#1. Create work-life balance
Congratulations on your new position!
- Take a moment to drain it all in and celebrate success. When you access a new position, you are either frightened or excited.
- Take some time to assess your new role and the advancement in your career, on your success.
- Get your personal life together. Have hobbies and a strong support system in place.
- Prepare your transition to your new position.
#2. Mind your character
When you meet someone for the first time, they will have a tendency to test you, your principles, character, core values and boundaries.
For example, from your boss to the cleaning lady, they will all check if you get angry easily or his much patience you have.
It is important to always be developing yourself as a leader.
#3. Check your attitude
A positive attitude is everything and will determine your heights to success. During the first few months, it is detrimental to:
- Stay visible.
- Adopt a winning strategy.
- Be aware of your actions. You are now a role model.
- Keep a positive attitude and body language, even when you don’t feel like it.
#4. Be approachable
Sometimes, it’s important to seem approachable:
- Introduce yourself to people even if you don’t know them or are not introduced. Don’t wait too long before introducing yourself or else it will quickly get awkward.
- Remember names when you are being introduced.
- Try to get along with people for the first few days.
- Help others find their motivation.
#5. Groom yourself and dress like a leader
No matter what people say, first impressions matter unfortunately. Dressing like a leader will help you feel confident and will in consequence increase your ability to lead.
Even though you know that clothes don’t define your character, most people make snap judgments.
Also, observe the company’s dress code and dress accordingly.
#6. Keep learning
Learning is a humbling process. Even though new leaders think that they can handle their position with their old skills and their old knowledge, most of them don’t have the necessary skills to be a leader.
- Make sure that you study and learn the corporate culture.
- Evaluate what you have learned from your previous jobs and from the previous one in your position.
- Ask questions even if they make you look or feel incompetent.
- Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to perform.
- Don’t stop learning. Not because you have reached a leadership position that you have to stop learning and stop asking questions.
#7. Build relationships
Building the right relationships is a cultural key to success.
To quickly build relationships and to grow your network, put your interpersonal skills to the test and make a positive first impression.
#8. Watch out for office politics
Office politics in the first few days is risky.
- Be mindful of office politics and the cliques that already exist.
- Choose your clicks wisely you want to belong to. Do not try to belong to a group in particular or try to be friends with their former colleagues.
- Keep your opinion about your colleagues and your work to yourself. There is nothing more disgraceful than a gossiping leader that nobody can trust.
- Find out how your new team operated in the past.
#9. Assess your strengths and weaknesses
You do not want to reach these heights and find out that the positions is not made for you, that you are not capable of achieving success, job fulfillment, job satisfaction.
- Understand that different skills will be demanded in your new role. What got you here won’t get you there.
- Make sure that you really want this position and that it’s right for you.
- Get a hold on your purpose. You will know if you are walking in your purpose by the amount of joy you experience while executing your purpose.
#10. Earn your respect
In your first few months:
- Do not try to be liked but to be respected. This is an advice for mostly women who have to annoyingly smile and forcefully be polite.
- Don’t be too quick to use your new authority or power.
- Start taking responsibility for your actions.
- Share your core values and set high expectations for performance, results, conduct, alignment and engagement.
- Give respect. Find out where your role starts and ends. There is no need to step on anybody’s toes.
Last Words Of Advice!
The first months are the right time to set right habits.
- Don’t stop growing and expect discomfort.
- Remember that you are the one who makes the decision.
Hope that I’ve helped you get it together on your way to leadership!
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