Welcome to the August 5th, 2013 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival!
For this month’s Carnival, I asked an all-star collection of leadership experts the following question: What is one piece of advice would you give to a new leader/manager?Ah, if only I had this when I got my first promotion.
This list is a keeper! Bookmark it, share it with anyone starting out in leadership/management, and anyone considering a leadership role.
The Best Collection of Advice for New Leaders:
Jim Taggart, from Changing Winds: “My advice to a new leader is to follow your moral compass and never stray from it, though there will be plenty of occasions where your values and principles will be put to the test. Don’t get intimidated by the intellectually “smart” people, who appear to have all the answers and who sometimes compromise their values. There are have been plenty of instances of this in the business sector and the public sector. And related to this is a very good leadership book that I recently read, What Keeps Leaders Up at Night, and on which I wrote a review. The personal challenge is to remain centered as a leader.”
Jennifer Miller, from The People Equation: “My advice is: don’t underestimate the power of the grapevine. Public opinion is shaped quickly, so getting to know your team and other key players is priority #1. I recommend that people new to a leadership role do the following six things.”
Frank Sonnenberg, from FrankSonnenbergOnline: “Trust is the cement that binds relationships, keeping spouses together, business deals intact, and political systems stable. Trust is not an abstract, theoretical, idealistic goal forever beyond our reach. Trust — or a lack of it — is inherent in every action that we take and affects everything that we do. Without trust, no company can ever hope for excellence. The Values on Which Trust Rests.”
S. Chris Edmonds, from Driving Results Through Culture: “My piece of advice for a new leader or manager: It's NOT about YOU (the leader); it's about THEM (employees). #GreatBosses are servant leaders that create a safe, inspiring workplace where employees THRIVE. Workplace safety and inspiration isn't something that's built and DONE - they require constant tending or human foibles will push them off track. How do leaders know how safe & inspirational their workplace is? Observe and ASK. This blog post/podcast sheds light on Four Ways to Learn Your Organization's Truth.”Randy Conley, from Leading with Trust: “Understand the fundamental nature of managerial work as I explain in “So You Want to be a Manager? Six Things to Consider Before Taking the Plunge?” and be clear on your motivations for being a manager – “So You Want to be a Manager? Part II – Five Wrong Reasons for Becoming a Manager?”
Joel Garfinkle, from http://careeradvancementblog.com/: “Professionals who want more from their careers have to seize the initiative. Many of these individuals follow a series of intentional steps to career success, such as the five tips detailed in my blog post – 5 Surefire Tips for Job Advancement.”David Burkus, from LDRLB: “Understand the importance of team dynamics. As more and more knowledge workers are serving on multiple teams, how much time the dedicate to which teams matters even more.”
John Hunter, from Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog: “Read The Leader’s Handbook by Peter R. Scholtes and then put in on your bookshelf within arm’s reach of your chair and keep referring to it. This video might be a nice kick start. Change has to start from the top. You are the top of your system. Change your thinking, change your process – you change your system. As soon as you start to modify your system you are going to have an effect on the larger system.”Anne Perschel, from Germane Insights: “If you want to lead, show people you care more about the mission, vision, purpose, and their futures, more than you care about gratifying your own ego and increasing your own wealth. Post related to this advice appears here. Movie to watch: Invictus (with Morgan Freeman starring as Nelson Mandela). Book to read: The Soul's Code.”
Mary Jo Asmus, from www.aspire-cs.com : “Letter to a young leader: http://www.aspire-cs.com/letter-to-a-young-leader”Bernd Geropp, from More Leadership: “If you want to be successful as an entrepreneur or leader, if you want to grow yourself, if you want to grow your business: Take a risk and get out of your comfort zone. Take action today! Here is my motivation blog post for entrepreneurs and leaders who want to take action and step outside their comfort zone.
Dana Theus, from InPower Consulting: “As a leader manager, your primary job is to set direction, goals and boundaries (including resource boundaries) and encourage your team's creativity and exploration of the best ways to accomplish the goals. If you're doing your job right, they will be creatively engaged and you will be personally challenged to find new ways to support them. Supporting them should test your patience, your own creativity and your ego. You should find yourself confronting the fear of failure constantly and becoming comfortable with the idea that failure - yours and theirs - can lead to amazing successes if you personally allow for it. You must trust yourself and them more than you thought possible. If you don't find yourself challenged to allow for failure, trust more, put your own ego aside and be creative, then you could be a better leader. If you do find yourself confronting these challenges, then you're doing all the right things in your exploration of becoming a better leader, and so you will be. Being the best leader you can be feels frustrating, exhausting, challenging and immensely rewarding. Don't expect it to be easy, but do expect it to be worth every ounce of effort you invest.”Tom Walter, from Thomas J Walter: “Always understand that your human capital is critical to success. High employee engagement levels will drive high performance in our organization. Books to read: It’s My Company Too! and The Great Game of Business.”
Linda Fisher Thornton, from Leading in Context: “I'd advise a new leader to intentionally build a strong moral center. Two ways to begin doing that include learning about how our thoughts tend to drive our behavior, and how important it is to think beyond our own interests when making decisions. A strong moral center helps us stay grounded in the midst of chaos, and helps us bring out the best in ourselves and others.”Chery Gegelman, from Simply Understanding Blog: “As an emerging leader there are so many tools that made a significant difference in my development. One of the biggest was this quote - I kept it on my desk and consistently referred to it and pondered it, "Control is not leadership; management is not leadership; leadership is leadership. If you seek to lead, invest at least 50% of your time in leading yourself - your own purpose, ethics, principles, motivation, and conduct. Invest at least 20% leading those with authority over you and 15% leading your peers." Dee Hock. Blog Post: Real Leaders Challenge The Status Quo”.
Bruce Lewin, from Four Groups' Blog: “For public company CEO's, I'd follow the advice of Eric Schmidt: Absolute profits are going to increase every quarter... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juRkmecQD-8&t=66m36s.”Wally Bock, from Three Star Leadership Blog: “You have two jobs. You must accomplish the mission and you must care for the people. For more: Being a Boss is Two Jobs in One.”
Julie Winkle Giulioni, from juliewinklegiulion.com: “Forget that you're signing their paychecks. To inspire the best and get the most from others, treat them like volunteers. This point of view (and three tried-and-true strategies) can be found at: http://www.juliewinklegiulioni.com/blog/leadership-matters/everything-i-needed-to-know-about-leadership-i-learned-when-my-kids-entered-kindergarten/.”Lolly Daskal, from www.lollydaskal.com: “A new manager or leader must know how to resolve conflicts: Why not try a simple exercise for a rapid solution: Leading Through The Heat “
Jon Mertz, from Thin Difference: “My advice to a new leader is to know your core beliefs. Answer the question: How will I lead? What values will I never sacrifice? Write down your answer and lead by them. Review yourself at least quarterly.”Karin Hurt, from Let's Grow Leaders: “Everyone Hates the Boss: And Other Opportunities. Tell the truth”.
Mark Miller, from Great Leaders Serve: “I wrote a post specifically directed at new leaders. Here it is: 6 Opportunities for the New Leader”.Tanveer Naseer, from Tanveer Naseer Leadership: “Make time to forge relationships with those you lead" more on this can be found in this article -The Role Leaders Play In Developing Great Teams.”
Robyn McLeod, from The Thoughtful Leaders Blog: “Communication is everything. Pay attention to the words you choose and remember that the position you hold at work can give your words more weight, so always be responsible in your communication – what you say and how you say it. And for another twist on responsible communication, check out this post – Change a word, change everything – on how your own words impact you, and check out our Effective Communication Checklist to see how you can improve the way you communicate with others.”Guy Farmer, from The Self-Awareness Guy: “I would advise a new leader to listen more than he talks and be mindful that his behaviors build people up rather than tear them down. I talk about this concept in Self-Awareness and the Clueless Boss.”
Mary Ila Ward, from The Point: Sound Advice for Career and Leadership Development: “Most important thing: Get to know and care about the people you are leading/managing. Who are they, what they like and don't like, what they are most proud of, what their strengths and weaknesses are, how they see themselves contributing to the overall success of the organization, etc. Leaders make more leaders and realize that results are achieved through people, not task lists. If you don't know your people, they won't do their best for you. Read Leadership and Self-Deception for more food for thought on seeing people as people.”Neal Burgis, Ph.D., from Practical Solutions: "The one piece of advice I would you give to a new leader/manager is to Be Consistently Persistent in being Extraordinary means you have to get out of your comfort zone more than you might want to. This can be achieved throughout your entire organization.”
Mark Babbitt, from YouTern: “Never wait for permission to lead. Don't wait for the appropriate title on your business card; nor for the right "powers-that-be" to notice you. All you need is a challenge to resolve and a viable solution. Throw in some humble confidence and old-school hustle... and others, regardless of age or seniority, will follow.”Mary Faulkner, from Surviving Leadership: “Establish boundaries and accept that you both WANT and DESERVE to be a leader. It will help change your thinking!”
Richard S. Wellins, from Talent Management intelligence: “Oprah Winfrey tells Harvard grads that great leaders empathize and listen. At Development Dimensions International, we couldn’t agree more and would give the same advice to any leader. From our research, we have learned interpersonal skills are the #1 reason many leaders fail. If you want to build strong relationships with your team and get work done, focus on basic skills such as effective communication, listening, empathizing and involving others. Want to be inspired? Click here to take a closer look at the important role interpersonal skills play in leadership development. Click here to view Oprah’s commencement address."Mike Henry Sr., from Lead Change Group: “Find ways to make your best people successful. Choose who you support and make them winners. As long as they become winners moving the organization toward its goals, you can't lose. http://leadchangegroup.com/give-win-first/."