10 things no one ever told you about being a leader…

by | Jun 9, 2022

So, you want to be a leader? That’s great! Being a leader or is one of the best ways to make a positive impact, to care for people, to multiply your efforts in achieving a goal, and leave a legacy.

HOWEVER… being a leader is much more than what most people think. Here are 10 things no one ever tells us about being a leader…

1)     Get ready to LEVEL UP your skills.

Being a leader requires DIFFERENT skills than the ones needed to do your current job. Because doing the work itself is different than inspiring, training, coaching and supporting someone else as they do the work.

2)     It ISN’T FOR the faint of heart.

In leadership, there is always change to navigate and new problems to solve. It requires perseverance and a willingness to stretch waaaay past your comfort zone.

3)     Leading requires a LOT OF HEART.

Back when you were only responsible for the work and not for the people doing the work, there’s less need for empathy, compassion, sensitivity to complex relational dynamics, etc. But now, these are all things that are essential to consider.

4)     You have to LEARN more about PEOPLE than you may want to.

Every person is unique and will require different things from you as a manager, in order to be successful in their role. It’s up to you to learn how to best support each person on your team.

5)     Authority or a title gets you a spot on the org chart but not the RESPECT of your people.

Doing what you say because they HAVE to, and doing what you say because they WANT to, are two extremely different things. And you’ll feel the difference.

6)     You must learn how to get RESULTS THROUGH PEOPLE.

You’re no longer responsible for getting results. You’re now responsible for getting and maximizing the results through your team. If you try to do all the work, you become the bottleneck.

7)     It can be the most STRESSFUL ADVENTURE you’ll ever embark on.

With more responsibilities comes more pressure. That’s just the way it is. The stakes are higher. While the wins may be sweeter, the losses will probably be heavier.

8)     It’s NOT the ONLY way to grow financially.

If you like doing the work itself, maybe the path for you ISN’T the management path—maybe it’s doing the work. Instead, focus on creating other streams of income instead to grow financially.

9)     Leading is a catalyst for PERSONAL TRANSFORMATION and GROWTH.

You will learn more about yourself than ever before. You’ll come face-to-face with your own insecurities, fears, shortcomings, and inadequacies. That’s normal, and it gives you an opportunity to grow AND you’ll lead by example in doing so.

10)  You’ll have the opportunity to POSITIVELY IMPACT people’s lives.

One of the best things about being a leader is having more influence and ability to do GOOD for others and to make a more meaningful and lasting contribution through your work.

I love being a leader and coaching leaders who want to make an even larger impact. If you’re ready to grow your leadership to the next level, let’s talk!