New Leaders and Old Teams

Okay, I’m a “Leader.” Now What?

At OPIE Choice and at the Fundamentals of Excellence Conference, we stress business skills and leadership. Most of the people at the conference came away with a desire to do something different, or a realization that things have to change. But thinking and talking about change are vastly different than implementing change. Most likely, the change started with you. and you have walked back into your old environment. The books and advice and easy stuff to find all seems to assume that as a leader, you get to hire the perfect team. But you don’t. You already have a team. And the relationships are there. And the history, inertia, and day-to-day work will grind you down. It is very easy to fall back into the same routine, thinking that tomorrow will be a better day to start the project.

What About Relationships?

Always keep your focus on the present and future. Your team might say things like, “You weren’t like that when you were one of us.”

Rather than getting defensive, you can respond with a statement like, “In the past we’ve relied on each other as teammates. Now, I’m going to need your help even more as your boss. I’m looking forward to seeing how we can all create a better future together. And trust me; I’ve got your back.” Or perhaps “In the past we were working in a different environment. Things have changed and I need to pay more attention to managing the business so we can all provide for our families. Now, I’m going to need your help even more as we navigate the changes. I know I can count on you to do what needs to be done. We are in this together!”

Leadership Communications

As a leader, it is vitally important that you recognize the importance of communication. This is where a ton of respect and loyalty can be won or lost. When people know that you care about them and that you understand them, they will be more inclined to trust you. And remember, sincerely (and lack thereof) is transparent, no matter how good you think you are at faking it.

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