It is a time for celebration in your office. You have just been promoted to management and it is a great day for you and your office mates. But on the way home across Metro Detroit, you are deep in thought. You wonder if you can do the job. You even think that you might not be the right person for the job.
Relax for just a moment. Take everything in. Take a deep breath.
Eight ingredients to being a good leader are right here:
- Know yourself: This is how you got the position in the first place. Values and core principles are critical.
- Be different: Be yourself. Grow with the job and stand out for your goals and objectives.
- Be an idea generator: Ideas jump start every aspect of success. It is essential your fresh approach brings out the best.
- Be a servant to others: Servant leadership is a key aspect of new leadership. Help others improve regardless of who they are.
- View everyone as a partner: Managing ego is an important part of management. Allowing equalness in process and problem solving simply increases team building and progress.
- Stay on track: Although your new road might have detours and it might wind in places you never intended it to, stay on the right path with focus and a sense of learning.
- Always tell the truth: This is the most straight up of the ingredients. The truth is the easiest to remember and it often is the toughest to share, but you have to do it.
- Be the eternal optimist: Having a great attitude, a good sense of humor and a short term memory will always help to create an atmosphere that everyone enjoys. Work can be a wonderful place to spend time when upbeat people share the load.
The newest leaders often make great contributions to the organization. Keep moving forward and remember How to Win Friends & Influence People just makes sense.
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