Congratulations on your promotion – now what?
- December 19, 2017
- Posted by: admin
- Category: Blog
For many professional people working their way through the hierarchy of many organisations, the promotion to a management position is a big deal.
In getting that promotion, you have no doubt worked long hours and proven your ability to meet your targets and climb that ladder of success.
But once the celebrations are over, the hard work starts. Once you have reached a management position, it’s not just about you anymore, nor is it about the level of subject matter expertise that you have developed. You are now in that layer of the organisation where you will be expected to not only produce high quality work, but you will inevitably be charged with leading a team of people looking to you for guidance and instruction. Senior leaders will be expecting you to not only deliver on your personal goals and targets but to also develop a productive and engaged team that will be inspired to take the journey with you.
Middle management positions are some of the hardest to navigate within any organisation. They also provide the greatest opportunities for laying the foundations for future success.
Once you have reached this level of management, you are no longer just a manager but a leader in the making. Managers direct people to get a job done, leaders set a direction and vision for people to follow and be inspired by.
- Leaders create vision, managers create goals
- Leaders are change agents, managers maintain the status quo
- Leaders are unique, managers copy
- Leaders take risk, managers control risk
- Leaders are in it for the long haul, managers think short term
- Leaders grow personally, managers rely on existing, proven skills
- Leaders build relationships, managers build systems and processes
- Leaders coach, managers direct
- Leaders create fans, managers have employees
These differences are worth considering for anyone with senior leadership aspirations. There are a lot of managers around, but effective leadership qualities will be the ones that set you up for success. So, are you ready to become a leader of tomorrow?