Last week I wrote about recognising any increase in demand for your input and opinions from the people around you – as being in fact a transition into being a ‘leader’ or indeed moving up a leadership level. I suggested how you might manage these additional demands to make sure you don’t burn out. I also suggested having a think about what kind of leader you would like to be.
Another important reflection is to decide what kind of leader you don’t want to be.
On LinkedIn a few years ago I saw someone in a senior role complaining about new graduates asking her to connect. She said it was a nuisance and she hadn’t worked so hard and come this far to have a circle of connections at graduate level.
I loved some of the responses she got from her peers, mainly pointing out that this was happening because the graduates looked up to her and wanted to learn from her. The suggestion that she ‘reach back and help others up the ladder’ was the theme in most of the comments.
Leading is a privilege, not a nuisance, and what better way to leave your mark on this world than to grow the leaders of the future.
If you would like to accelerate your personal development in a structured way that ensures you grow as a leader, with personalised steps to follow along with review and accountability with a trusted expert, drop me an e-mail and we’ll set up a time to chat.
Until next week, take care,