When transitioning from expert to leader, you’ll have to bear in mind it won’t be a smooth ride.
Right away, you’ll start feeling this overwhelming sense of pressure to be on top.
Your superiors may expect you to make immediate improvements in a particular area. That’s a lot of pressure!
The thing is, true, lasting leadership success requires time. You need to accept that you’ll not be able to accomplish everything overnight.
The first step is to gather your team, set your expectations and gain their trust.
You’re not there to impress the people above you by telling those working for you what to do. You’re there to prove to those working for you that you want them to succeed in their roles. You want them to be the best version of themselves and help them move on, because if you can help them do that, then that is a real testament to your leadership abilities. That’s enough to make your superiors believe in you!
But it won’t happen unless your team believe in you
You need to remove the pressure by accepting that you’re growing, learning and adapting to a whole new world. Don’t add pressure to yourself by pretending to know it all. Be real, be authentic…put your hands up and ask for help. That’s the only way you’re going to succeed as a leader.
Written by Sahar Habib
Founder of Coach Wilson