What’s My Role?

You’re a new leader and your people do everything you did in your old job…and better. So now what?

When I moved to a new senior leadership role a few years ago, I went from managing a small team to a much larger team. I was really excited about this but looking back, I didn’t realize exactly what I was walking into. In the new role, there were people who did everything I was good at and did in my old role…managing compensation, recruiting, etc. Some were even better at it than I was.

So, what was my role?

Turns out, this is a common problem for new leaders. I’ve coached people who run into this same scenario. Everything you did well that allowed you to move up in a leadership role is now being done by others. It’s hard to let go of the things you do well and are familiar with. New leaders struggle with that all the time.

In my case, it took me a few months to really get comfortable and realize I had a totally different job. And if I got too deep into what my team was doing, it was annoying and not good for anyone.

What should new leaders do?

➡️Understand that your role is to see the big picture and not dive into all the details.
➡️Be a synthesizer of everything from corporate goals to senior manager feedback.
➡️Remove obstacles for your people and align support for the objectives of your team.
➡️Coach, mentor, and advise your people and empower them to act.
➡️Hire people who are smarter than you, then get out of the way.

Drop those old habits and skills and build new ones. Don’t be challenged by having more experienced and skilled people on your team. Don’t jump back into the details.

No one wants you working on Excel all day.

As a new leader, how did you handle your role? What other advice do you have for new leaders?

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Even the best leaders in the world struggle at times with the weight of the responsibilities of being a leader. You know this too! It’s hard work to balance it all and know what approach is the best one to meet your objectives while being a supportive leader for your team. But the best leaders don’t do it alone – they seek help from experts who can guide them to become the leader they want to be. Now, you can do the same by booking a free consult with me where I’ll help you get on the path to becoming a stronger leader.

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