Starting out in a new leadership role is undoubtedly trying, from adjusting to the new dynamic to learning how to communicate effectively with those around you. Here are some tips and pieces of advice will be critical to stepping up and performing in a new leadership role.
Do the Work that No One Else WIll
Your flexibility is imperative. Be willing to move from task to task, to fill in where needed and where those working under you are falling behind. No task is above you and proving that you are willing to do the work that no else will encourage others around you to follow suit.
What you are doing is so much more than just performing a task. You are setting an example for all those you are leading, and if you perform they will undoubtedly notice and adopt similar attitudes.
Being confident in everything you do is necessary to earn respect and validity in your leadership role. Lead with confidence, and others will follow with confidence. Of course, being confident does not mean to not be genuine or honest. Be confident in the right things; this is critical to gaining the respect of those under you and maintaining a transparent work environment.
This does not equate, either, by being stubborn or rude. Be confident and strong with your opinions and decisions, but not unwilling to listen and admit your humility. There is a fine line here that is the difference between being a toxic leader and an effective one.
Use Continual Communication
Clear and continual communication is imperative when you are first starting out in a leadership role. It will take you and those working under you a while to adjust to the dynamic, and constant communication will help expedite this process and fill in the gaps until you are used to working together.
Make sure this communication doesn’t just come in the form of instructions and you speaking to those you are leading. You also want to be open to listening and observing how those around you function best so that you can best cater to this. You want to not only be an eloquent speaker but an effective listener as well. This will help you adapt and adjust to the ever-flexing needs of the group you are leading. The better you are at this the quicker you will learn how to make your workplace coalesce.