Leadership is a great task, especially for new leaders. A new leader faces a great challenge of making full proof of his ability to transform an organization. He has to be able to change an organization that is dreamless, soulless and visionless. Sometimes it is a challenge of taking an organization that is already thriving to a new height. When it comes to this, a new leader needs these three things I’ll like to share in this article. They are things I have learnt and still learning. More than any other thing, I desire to become a better leader by the day. Let me share with you these three things at a glance.
1) A New Leader must Take Charge
The first wake up call to every new leader is to face the reality. The reality is that you are now the leader here. You are in charge. Much is expected from you because much has been given to you. The responsibilities are now before you. Nothing moves without you moving. The planning and the results are expected from you. You must wake up to this reality. A leader is only a leader because he takes charge. He may not necessarily be in charge, but he will always take charge. According to Max De Pree, in Leadership is an art “The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between the two, the leader must become a servant and a debtor. That sums up the progress of an artful leader.”
Your first step towards achieving success in your new role is to simply take charge. Don’t wait for things to happen. Make things happen.
2) A New Leader must Take Counsel
Proverbs 15:22 says, “Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.” Just like Jim George puts it, “A good leader will seek the wisdom of others. After all, no man is an island!” A.J. Darkholme advised, “Seek counsel; though we are all skilled and experienced in many ways, no one can experience all that life has to offer in the limited time we are given in this world.” To achieve success as a new leader, you must never play down on good counsel. Good counsels make good leaders. Great counsels make great leaders. It is your responsibility to seek counsel in order to make wise decisions. It is not always good to be seeking counsel when you have made wrong decisions. Humble yourself to learn from others. Be rightly guided. We always have those who are wiser than we are, they will be of great help to a new leader who must begin to make decisions that bears on the destiny of an organization and its people.
3) A New Leader must Take Experience
Experience is not the best teacher, evaluated experience is. Although, the tuition for experience is costly every new leader needs to pay it. Experience is what happens to you by evaluating your successes and your failures. Experience is what you have benefited through your pain and gains in life. Victory and defeat becomes tools for experience if you are willing to study how they affect your life. Don’t run away from experience. You need it if you will grow into your full leadership capacity. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. You are going to make mistakes if will succeed in your new leadership role. You only need to keep learning and keep growing. And never allow your mistakes to stop you.
Let me conclude with the advice of S.L.A Marshall, he once said, “The art of leading, in operations large or small, is the art of dealing with humanity, of working diligently on behalf of men, of being sympathetic with them, but equally, of insisting that they make a square facing toward their own problems.” It is your turn now, so take charge, take counsel and take experience. You will succeed.