Mindset_of_a_Leader

Mindset_of_a_Leader - Mindset of a Leader Jack Welch Suzy...

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1 Mindset of a Leader Jack Welch , Suzy Welch . Leadership Excellence . Provo: Jan 2007 . Vol. 24, Iss. 1; pg. 8, 2 pgs SUPPOSE YOU'VE JUST BEEN APPOINTED to a senior leadership position for the first time. How might you best approach your challenging new role? First, you need to realize that being a leader means that you will have to change how you act. Too often people who are appointed to their first leadership position miss that point and trip up their careers. Being a leader changes everything. Before you are a leader, success is all about you-your performance, contributions, and solutions. Once you become a leader, success is all about growing others. It's about making the people who work for you smarter, bigger, and bolder. Nothing you do anymore as an individual matters, except how you nurture and support your team and increase their self-confidence. Your success as a leader will come not from what you do, but from the reflected glory of your team. You're no longer thinking, how can I stand out? but, how can I help my people do their jobs better? That often requires a mindshift. After all, you probably spent your entire life as a contributor who excels at your job. But you've been promoted because someone believes you have the stuff to make the leap from star player to successful coach. What does that leap involve? First, you need to actively mentor your people. Exude positive energy about life and the work that you are doing together, and show optimism about the future and care passionately about each person's progress. Give your people feedback-not just at year's end and mid-year performance reviews, but after meetings, presentations, and visits to clients. Make every significant event a teaching moment. Discuss what you like about what they are doing and ways they can improve. Your energy will energize those around you. And there is no need for sugarcoating. Use candor, which is one of the defining characteristics of effective leaders. Never forget that you are a leader now, and so it's not about you anymore-it's about them.
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