Awareness. What comes to mind when you think awareness? Leaders need a heightened sense of awareness. This is particularly important for leaders in order to manage their impact on the people they are working with, guiding and supporting.
Have you ever walked into a meeting at work and not remembered how you got there? You were just there, you were on time and you were ready to lead the meeting! Have you ever been so wrapped up in what you’re doing and what you’re thinking that you zone out in a meeting only to find people looking at you quizzically and asking impatiently what you think? Often times we are present to ourselves and not present to what is going on around us.
Trust. What does it mean to you? As a concept for people who are responsible for others in an organization, I believe trust gets overlooked and dismissed too soon by too many. The result is that there isn’t a focus on building trust and it isn’t seen as important as maybe it should be. It certainly can be something we don’t consciously work on, which is funny because we spend money on outdoor courses aimed at building trust. That trust, where dangers are imminent, and trust is obvious, doesn’t appear to directly translate back to the office!
From the time we first joined the workforce we’ve always done our best. We’ve put in the hours, done the work, worked hard to get somewhere. You’ve developed your skills, you’re good at what you do. Over time, people recognized your abilities! You may have won awards or received recognition for your effort in other ways. This was all based on your individual performance. You're a Rockstar now. Some in your organization may even believe you are ready to take on new responsibilities. They offer and change your job to one that manages people directly based on your previous Rockstar performance. You are now a first-time manager.
Last week I wrote about the predicament of the first time manager. For some of you I'm sure it seemed a little bleak. The truth of the matter is that even those of us, who may not have all the innate skills necessary to be perfect first-time managers, can be successful by doing 6 things well as I outline in “How to keep your Rockstar status as First-time Manager.” I’ll share a couple of those things here.