How to Move From Manager To Leader

Well, hello you aspirational friend! Have you lost your direction and are spinning your wheels? Dream of leadership status but are being overlooked? Maybe your strategies for moving you forward need tweaking so let's work this out together. As with most strategies what is required is focus, know where you are going and be clear about your WHY. What I have found really helpful is knowing that most of what moves you forward to a leadership level is knowing that leaders should be the beating heart of any team or organisation and relationships are the lifeblood keeping that heart beating. 

Invest In Your Team

There are many ways to keep your team engaged and rowing in the same direction. Nurturing a relationship based on trust is essential so make sure that you provide, development opportunities, coaching, and even space for them to take over the reins now and then. Be the leader that cares about the experience of their staff and let them know that they are doing the best work in the organisation or planet for that matter. It will be paid back 10-fold!

Do Not Micro-Manage

Ask yourself who do you employ and why? I am hoping the answer is talented and motivated people to meet the objectives and goals set for them. If this is the case, then why would you dig down into the detail and do the work for them? 

As a leader, you need to raise your head up and work strategically and at a new level. Micromanaging shows that you are not working smart and do not trust the outcomes of your team. This is a lose\lose in terms of moving to a leadership level. 

Own Your Numbers

The better that you understand and own your metrics, goals and outcomes you will be seen as a leader who is moving forward. 

To make sound decisions, leaders must know and communicate the goals and measurements that are important to their organisation. Creating space to be really clear on what you want to achieve and how you are tracking is imperative to incremental change. So, dashboards, newsletters, presentations are all ways of showing you are in control!

Executive Presence/ Brand

What do you stand for, what do others expect from you? No idea? Then there is your problem. Now is the time to get really clear on what you feel a leader should embody. Think of the few words that represent who you are... Is it integrity, trust, speaker...Now you need to fill in the gaps with your words! Once this is done, now decide on the attributes of those words. This starts to become your brand and this is the way you need to show up and act on a daily basis online and in person. Go out and create the person you want to be! Just remember, be consistent and authentic and you are on the right track. 

You know you have the skills, but how will you manage the relationships it is key to all the great leaders we are aware of. Building relationships means you are showing everyone how to achieve great things together that we cannot do alone. 

In this great book, Dare to Lead by Brene Brown she says, "A leader is anyone who takes responsibility for recognizing the potential in people and ideas and has the courage to develop that potential" or learn about the 12 habits holding you back from your next promotion with How Women Rise by Sally Helgeson

There is nothing holding you back, now go DO IT!

Send me a message and let me know how these tips are helping on your leadership journey... 

Mandy x

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