Managing the ‘New Leader Expectations’ Trap

Young creative manager feeling the pressure“I’ve only been in my new role two months, and already I’m totally overwhelmed,” gasped Audrey. “Everyone wants a piece of me. And I can’t possibly live up to all their expectations!”

Audrey was a strong player in the organization when she took on her new role. She had done some impressive work in her previous assignments, and when she took on the leadership of a business unit with some problems, expectations of her were outsized. Everyone from her boss to her employees to her business partners was looking for major change in the twinkle of an eye. And Audrey felt an obligation to respond glowingly. After all, this was why she’d been promoted into this role, and it could be her career-breakout position. Continue reading

The Four Defining Traits of a Leader

Business Leadership Attributes and Features in LiteratureAs one young professional recently told us, it’s overwhelming trying to understand what skills to work on to become a good leader.  “Where should I start?  Where does it most pay to focus my attention?”  And indeed, look at the websites of such thought leaders as the Center for Creative Leadership and Harvard University, and you’ll find a staggering set of leadership skills to develop.  One website proudly announces “101 Leadership Skills & Traits (The Complete List)”.  No wonder our young professional feels flooded with too many potential ‘leadership skills’ to digest! Continue reading