On the Transition from Management to Leadership

The Leader Role

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A certain level of confidence is required to delay need-realization because it is through this validation that we are confirmed to be on the right path.

  • A leader’s role is to identify the future-state or horizon, and respond to opportunities as they arise.
  • A manager’s role is to shepard the group to close the gap between current state and future state.
  • An IC’s role is to execute on the tasks necessary to close the gap.

Aspects of Leadership

The General

The Equal

The Stalwart

Compassion

Empathy

Rationality

Selflessness

Take some time to reflect on your recent interactions and, where appropriate, ask yourself how you applied compassion, empathy, rationality, and selflessness.

  • Leaders develop a core value system which is consistently applied to all their interactions.
  • Compassion, Empathy, Rationality, and Selflessness are common leadership values.
  • There are different types of leaders, each embodying a unique framework to lead.

Define Future-State & Track Progress

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No matter the general sentiment, yours is always upbeat. Many people are looking at your nonverbal and verbal communication for clues in how they should feel about the organization. This is best recognized early in this new position.

  • A leader will be responsible for alignment of departmental objectives with organizational objectives.
  • A leader will be responsible for creation of departmental roadmap which includes plans to accomodate departmental initiatives.
  • A leader maintains a positive attitude, on display for all to adopt.

Key Exercises

Understanding yourself is the result of journaling, meditating, therapy, and feedback. There’s no goal or finish line and the process never really ends.

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Dave Bour

Dave Bour

Building IT infrastructure and teams where there was none before. Fitness, wellness, and adventure enthusiast. Enagements at theitplan.com or dave-bour.com

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