The thrill of a new promotion into a leadership position can be quickly eclipsed by feelings of disillusionment and a sense of failure if you are not prepared and are not strategic in your transition.
Too many new leaders hit the ground running only to realize that, although they possess the requisite technical skills to get the job done, their ability to lead people is inadequate. Oftentimes companies equate an individual contributor’s excellent performance as a sign that they are ready for leadership — and nothing can be further from the truth.
New and even existing leaders should consider the following as critical must-do actions to support a strong leadership career.
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Karen Hinds is a leadership and diversity and inclusion expert. She used her experience in building talent pipelines for financial services companies to launch her company over 20 years ago. Workplace Success Group is a strategic, talent development firm that works with organizations to cultivate and retain their next generation of leaders.