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5 Tips and more

By Anthony T. Eaton   |   FEBRUARY 2017


As a new leader, it is easy to make mistakes that will impact not only your effectiveness but your reputation.

Here are some simple tips for the first time leader.

Leader vs. Peer

Many new leaders come up through the ranks and find themselves leading those who were once their peers. While there are advantages to the business to promote from within, more often than not organizations do little or nothing to help new leaders make the transition from peer to leader.

As a new leader of those who used to by your peers, it is essential to level set on not only expectations but also the separation between leader and friend. You have to be willing and able to have a conversation with your former peer to establish expectations and establish the division between professional and personal.

You don’t know it all

It doesn’t matter if you are a new leader or one with years of experience; you do not and cannot be an expert in everything. Great leaders recognize this and tap into those around them to provide differing opinions, new ideas, and a different perspective. 

No stupid questions

It doesn’t matter if it is you or someone you lead, there are no dumb questions. We all have to learn and don’t know what we don’t know. Never assume that someone knows something based on their title, role, or time in an organization and never belittle them for asking a question. In today’s world, things are changing so rapidly that it is impossible to know everything.

Give a break

Give yourself and others a break. The most important part of being a leader is the ability to build relationships, so it is essential to understand that people are going to be hesitant and even suspicious of you as a new leader. Don’t assume that they have ulterior motives or don’t want you to succeed. Leaders always must prove themselves, and the best way to do that is by showing you can be trusted.

Don’t go it alone

Being a leader can be hard under the best of circumstances and even more for new leaders. The best thing any leader can do, especially a new one, is finding someone they can talk to, get advice from and get honest, and who will give them constructive feedback. New leaders should find a mentor or confidant outside their organization whose only interest is in your success.

These are just a few tips for first-time leaders. If you have questions or need some advice feel free to reach out to me: anthony@leadershipandmore.com