6 Warning Signs That You Are Not Ready to Lead
By: Sonia Di Maulo, Author, Founder and Lead Feedback Enthusiast
|This post is based on the themes of courage and character-based leadership from my first upcoming book (Spring Launch), The Apple in the Orchard: A story about the courage to emerge as a leader.
New to a leadership or management role?
As a new leader, Sharon was excited but nervous. She had never led others before. Her experiences in being led at home, work and in her community will define her daily actions as a leader.
What were your leadership experiences like?
Here are some warning signs that you are just not ready (though you will be on the right path once you read this post!):
Warning Sign #1. You have never heard of Servant Leadership
Good news, you’ve heard about it now! From the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership:
Warning Sign #2. Focusing on people seems too soft for your work environment
A best practice in sales is to be “customer-focused”. In leadership, you must be “people-focused”. Being curious about your people, who they are and what their needs are is critical to increased satisfaction of the work environment and increased levels of performance and motivation.
Warning Sign #3. The thought of providing authentic feedback makes you hide in fear
As a leader with character, you make it your business to recognize and offer feedback that gets used. You know that your team’s hard work deserves your attention and this focus will pay rewards: to you as leader, to your team’s desire to excel, and to the business. A win-win-win!
Warning Sign #4. Empowerment is an individual sport
As a leader, your role is to empower your team members to empower each other. Cultivating trust and collaboration within your team is critical to their success.
Warning Sign #5. You don’t have time to reflect and work on yourself
Awareness of your actions and how they affect your team shows courage and strength. Seek to understand and then make visible changes – your ability to grow and learn from your mistakes provides an incredible model.
Warning Sign #6. Your “Trust Dial” is set to mistrust
Try moving that dial to the “Trust First” position. Trusting first fosters an environment of achievers, people who strive to perform their best everyday.
This post was inspired by a Poll I started on the Facebook Page for my upcoming book, The Apple in the Orchard. Additional actions every leader is ready for are listed. Add your own action and vote for your favorites: http://www.facebook.com/questions/316345481753162/
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Sonia Di Maulo (B.A., M.A.) ― founder, feedback enthusiast, speaker, performance improvement professional and creator of award-winning programs ― is passionate about helping leaders cultivate trust and collaboration. Her proven 3 plus 1 feedback strategyharvests passion and boosts individual and team performance.
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March 15, 2012 Tags: am I ready to lead, Authentic Feedback, empower your team to empower each other, focus on people, Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, how to get ready to lead, mistakes, new manager, new to leadership, recognition, self-assessment, Servant Leadership, Stephen Covey, trust first Posted in: Authentic Feedback, Authentic Recognition, Engaging Others, Get to Know Yourself!, Leadership, New Posts, The Apple in the Orchard