Many executives are likely to blindly follow the expectations of others rather their own inner compass. The question you have to ask yourself before taken the next career step is this: do I really want this?
The higher you move up the corporate ladder, the more external confirmation you receive that you are doing things right. And you are receiving less honest and less candid feedback. But such feedback matters, because behaviors that may have been tolerated in your previous job could now seriously sabotage your new role and ultimately your career. Read about typical behaviors that you want to avoid in order to prevent derailment.
Leadership is synonymous with strength and courage, so what happens when you need help? Isn’t that a sign of weakness? The truth is: great leaders know that they can accomplish great things only with and through others, and they will make use of all the help they can get!
Driven by a pressure to create impressive results quickly, executives in transition often forget the people around them. But a leader without followers is just a man taking a walk. As people are the key to success in any business and any industry, read here how you can leverage your own impact as a leader by pulling your people with you right from the first day.
Your large multinational organization may seem to have unlimited resources. Alas, you wish you could have a little bit of the agility and effectiveness of one-man shows!
As a leader in a new role you are in the spotlight. Everyone is watching you to see how well the ‘promising talent’ is doing. Decision makers are anxious to prove that promoting you (and not the other guy) was the right choice. Your desire to create some ‘quick wins’ is understandable. But be careful not to drown in the quicksand you might create.
It’s not the obvious things that are likely to sabotage your new career, but the things you least expect or don’t know about. You may know what’s expected from you in your new executive role, but do you know what skills and competencies you need specifically to excel in your new job?
Reflecting on the last five years in leadership development and executive coaching, here are the top five leadership challenges I have encountered: Busyness, Motivation, Employee Engagement, Perception Management – and, well, the question whether you are in the right job…
360 Degree Feedback is a great tool to kick-start your leadership development! As Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google, pointed out in his famous Fortune interview: “one thing that people are never good at is seeing themselves as others see them”. A 360 Degree Feedback gives you valuable insights in how other people see you compared to how you see yourself.
Are you leader who delivers great results but you still missed the last promotion? Maybe the reason is you are not hitting these goals that you didn’t even know exist.