You started your business and you nailed it. You are successful. You’re a superstar. You are recognized by others for your top performance.
Enter > growth mode.
Your organization expands and now you have people. A team who reports to you.
You decide you are going to be an inspiring and authentic leader. You have reason to be confident, due to your stellar success.
You’ve learned about leading firsthand from past bosses. You’re sure you know what not to do from the not-so-hot bosses. They didn’t give you much guidance. They were micro-managers. They may have been condescending.
You know one thing for sure. You will be a better “leader” than they were.
It starts out pretty well. You find people you like and they like you. You plow ahead and grow profits.
You dig in. Things are moving fast. Interviewing, hiring, oh yes! and you still have to do your work.
The new people aren’t quite catching on like you did.
They seem to let a lot of personal issues get in the way.
“Why aren’t these people just doing their job?”, you think.
Seems like they need hand-holding and these are adults!
Recognition? They should just know they are doing a good job. I shouldn’t have to tell them all the time.
Someone quits unexpectedly. You were counting on them staying for at least two years. And things just got busier, which is good. But now you’re short-staffed AND you have to figure out how to find a replacement but you don’t have time. You aspire to be that leader you’d love to work for, yet you know you are not.
It might be easier to do it all by myself.
But in order to grow beyond where your organization is at, you need to grow the team.
You get the picture.
Three truths for leading others.
- What brought you success when you DID all the work, is not what will bring you success as a leader of others.
- If there are holes in your personal leadership, it will be obvious to others as you lead them.
- Developing your leadership skills is mandatory for sustainable growth.
Leadership is a skill set, and like any skill set, it needs developing. It starts with gaining knowledge. Then getting feedback. And practicing. Again and again and again. It’s about long-term mastery vs. quick fixes.
Sure you need business acumen and have to manage the systems and technical aspects of your business. However, most leaders spend 75% of their time dealing with people. How well you lead others will directly impact your bottom line.
So hey rockstar, yes, it’s true. You are awesome. It’s time to focus on your future self. Not your past accomplishments.
You can’t go it alone any longer. Stop doing and start growing.
Are you ready? It’s time to level up. Do a discovery session with me.