If you’ve been in the same job, doing the same thing in the same organization for 15 years, then you’re not really good at your job.
If you were good, you would’ve outgrown the position.
Someone would be looking to give you a higher position or you’d be tired of doing the same thing and seek a new position.
If you’ve been in the same job, doing the same thing in the same organization for 15 years, you’ve gotten good enough to get by and that’s the worst place to be as a leader.
You’re comfortable and eventually will be replaceable.
So, how do you grow to be more successful in your specialty?
This could mean a higher promotion or a larger salary.
There are many ways to grow in your specialty and you must work to or you’ll be yesterday’s news.
I often get asked my opinion on the best books for leadership development.
If you’re leading a team, you can never stop growing as a leader.
Your self development process is paramount to your success as a leader.
If you don’t invest in your personal development, your team will lose confidence in you.
They won’t trust you and they won’t admire or value you as a leader.
So what are you doing right now to develop yourself as a leader?
What are you reading?
I often get asked what advice I’d give to people advancing into a leadership position for the first time.
As a first-time leader, it’s really important that you get a strong foundation.
If you don’t get off on the right foot as a new leader, you’ll run into challenges.
Your team won’t have any confidence in your ability and they won’t believe you deserve the position.
When this happens, they’ll come up with their own ideas.
They’ll veer from the pathway that you’re trying to lead them on.
They may decide that they don’t want to work for someone that doesn’t have the skillset to be a leader.
Then, they’ll leave you.
If you don’t get good advice as a new leader, you’ll struggle.
Here are four tips that I give to every first-time leader.
Your team is everything.
You would not be where you are without your team.
You’re the one that gets all the credit, when things go right.
They’re the ones that get all the blame when things go wrong.
This creates an environment where your team doesn’t feel like their success is tied to your success.
And that’s because you don’t give enough positive feedback.
Positive feedback helps people improve, become more productive and be more deeply engaged at work.
Here are three keys for sharing positive feedback with your team.
You need to get better with your communication when it comes to leading your team.
In a time like this, where things are going so fast and we’re dealing with many different challenges; communication is at a premium.
So, it needs to be efficient.
It needs to be effective and the message needs to be received.
People are not able to execute when there’s not good communication amongst your team.
Many things could go wrong, especially in healthcare.
People can die if you don’t have good communication.
Here are a few things to think about as you communicate with your team.
Everybody is worried about what the next crisis is going to be.
It seems like for the last two years, we’ve been hit with nonstop crisis.
We’re managing in a ‘new normal’, continuously thinking about what the next crisis could be and how we’re going to manage it.
If you aren’t prepared for the next crisis, things will spiral out of control.
Whether it’s a global pandemic or racial and social unrest, there’s going to be another crisis that will be problematic.
Here are three things to focus on to prepare you for the next crisis.
I know you didn’t see this one coming.
Your boss has abruptly retired.
It shouldn’t be surprising to you that we’re going through unprecedented challenges as a nation right now.
Many people that thought they’d have a long career are rethinking what they want to do for the rest of their lives.
CEOs are retiring without even giving a 12-month advanced notice.
This is the person that you came to work for.
This is the person that put you in the position you’re in right now.
You look up to them, but now they’re retiring.
And you’re concerned about what this means for you.
Experiencing a personal tragedy is incredibly hard.
It’s challenging to deal with while still having to be a leader at work.
People are depending on you, but you’re still dealing with personal pain.
You want to grieve but you also want to be available for everybody at work.
It’s a difficult challenge that many of us never find a way to balance.
Sometimes, we become more focused on work than dealing with our tragedies.
This can cost us in our personal lives.
Sometimes, we do the complete opposite and drop everything to only focus on our personal life.
Over time, this will lead people to believe we are not committed to work.
So, what do you do when you’re in this predicament?
You’re on vacation.
You’re trying to enjoy time with your family and reconnect with them.
But you just happened to look down at your phone and you see that your boss is emailing you.
They’re asking you where something is.
They want you to jump on a call while you’re on vacation.
You’re feeling frustrated about this because you have no boundaries.
When it comes to work, whether it’s night, weekends or vacation, you find yourself responding to messages from a boss that is a workaholic.
It sucks, it’s frustrating and you need to do something about it.
Your team is not on the same page.
People are ready to leave the organization.
It is your responsibility to put the team together because if that team doesn’t stay together, here’s what’s going to happen:
You’re going to have problems.
Major things will fall through the cracks.
Then nobody’s going to be there to help you overcome those problems.
People will begin working in a selfish way,
They’ll only care about their own goals and success.
You’ve got to fix this.
And there is a simple solution to this.