Advice and Tips for First-Time Leaders
Leadership can be an adjustment. Oftentimes, a promotion brings with it a host of new responsibilities, expectations, and unexpected difficulties.
One of the most crucial skills for establishing and maintaining your team is crafting and getting buy-in for your vision. Below we've collected advice, tips, and real-world examples from seasoned leaders to help ease that occasionally-rocky transition from contributor to manager.
Inspiring others and evoking excitement is a great way to gain support for your vision. Doing this is easier said than done and there are a couple of tactics you can try:
A picture is worth a thousand words. Create a visual, whether it’s designing a slide (or a few), arranging data in polished charts, sketching your idea at a whiteboard, or whatever you feel will be most effective and natural to you.
For example, Google's vision statement is To provide access to the world’s information in one click.
The biggest piece of advice I can give a new manager or leader is that you don't have to do it by yourself. If you want people to buy into your vision, ask for their help in crafting it.
Hold your vision strong enough so that there's something there but loose enough that it can be improved by the team.
Create an environment where people feel comfortable and safe with failing. Being ok with taking risks and them not working out is what will help the team develop and eventually find those wins.