Throughout your leadership career, you might have been encouraged to carve out your own path.
You don’t want to do what others before you have done. Even though you might idolise other managers or leaders, you might be in a different industry or role making it tough to replicate their success.
So how do you carve out your own leadership path? Where do you even start? Use this article to help you figure it out.
You don’t reach the top immediately. It’s almost impossible to do. You need to lay the first brick in the path. Start by building a small program for your team. It needs to be something that helps the organisation meet its business objectives.
You don’t need to solve all of the problems. Pick something that is in your wheelhouse and that your team is capable of achieving. It could be an existing KPI. You might want to excel in a customer service metric. Break down what you need to do and the expected results. Then go after it.
Low Risk, High Reward
When you’re introducing a new program, even if it is a small one, it should be something that is relatively low risk to the organisation. That also means it shouldn’t be a massive expense to the company.
It needs to be something that only requires effort. You might need to create documentation on your own or take on some extra responsibility. But as long as the rewards are plenty, it will be worth the work you’ve put into it.
You should avoid having your first program be too disruptive. Not just for the business but also for your people. Remember, there is a chance it might not go to plan. So you don’t want to put in something difficult to reverse if it doesn’t work out.
Alternatively, it should be a program that you can easily adjust and adapt as you understand what’s working and what isn’t. So before launching anything, do a worst-case scenario and ask yourself how hard it would be to roll back if need be.
Programs are a great way to build a leadership path. However, you’ll be recognised for how well your team performs. Initiatives might help this, but upper management will want to see the numbers instead of hearing you talk about how you got them.
Performance can go up and down. Your goal should be to get your team to a level that if the numbers start to dip, you still achieve your objectives. You want to avoid missing any of your metrics. This is where stretch goals can help, as it provides you with a buffer.
Start Your Leadership Path Today
It’s important to remember that when you’re creating a leadership path, you’re not doing something just to be different. You should add value to the organisation in a way that they didn’t know they needed it. Your fresh perspective or alternate look needs to change things for the better. It shouldn’t be different for the sake of being different.
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