When it comes to our expectations for when we get that top job, some are pretty unrealistic. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve heard people say when they get the Ã¢â‚¬Ëœbig jobÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ they will….
Pursue own agenda: Of course, you will have greater freedom to do this but remember everybody has a Ã¢â‚¬ËœbossÃ¢â‚¬â„¢. With a view from higher up, you are privileged to bring a vision that inspires your team to support you as a person, your vision and the organisation. DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t set unrealistic targets and ensure that any groundbreaking agendas fit with the organisationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s overall strategic vision.
Call the shots: Indeed you can and probably will some of the time. But true leadership is collaborative and influences rather than demands. Think about what you are trying to achieve and the style of leadership that will take you there Give people a chance to work with you to create a culture that promotes shared leadership rather than a Ã¢â‚¬Ëœone man showÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Ã‚Â .
Reach their potential: True, the higher you go the more you are stretched and draw on your potential; but this isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t always the case depending on the nature of the organisation, the culture and the distribution of functions. Whatever level you are at thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s more you can do to grow. Aim to reach the top of your game now rather than wait for when you are MD.
Be able to lead better: Every level of an organisation depends on someoneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s leadership. Lead wherever you are and build your leadership muscles for the higher responsibility youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll have as you advance. The earlier you start practising the more confident youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be, the better able youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll become to perform well, earn respect of your Ã¢â‚¬ËœfollowersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ and have experience to tap into.
Be taken more seriously: Leadership based on position or title alone says little about your value as a person, your integrity or how people honour you or look up to you. So work for respect. Can you be trusted, are you dependable, and are you more interested in growing g people than seeking the spotlight?
Ã¢â‚¬ËœShow upÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ when they wish: That might be a choice you have but is it one you wish to exercise? To really make a difference people must feel like they can depend on because you understand your accountabilities to them. Be consistent in what people look to you for and be alert to opportunities to demonstrate your reliability andÃ‚Â Ã‚Â
Now take action: How realistic are your expectations?