A sprinkling of leadership

If you are a technician (somebody who does a discreet function in an organization) and you accept a promotion to a leadership role, it doesn’t mean you remain a technician with a sprinkling of people stuff. It means you become the people person who also has to do a sprinkling of technician work. That concept is what I see most new leaders miss. The promotion is essentially a whole new role. Leadership development requires the same level of rigor that it took to be  a great technician. Book learning, mentoring, self-assessment, experimentation, group learning, and time. It is a whole new thing. Treat it accordingly. 

by Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan is the Head Coach at Sandcastle Company, a Seattle-based leadership training organization. His first book, Future Leader: Rebooting Leadership to Win the Millennial and Tech Future [link], is now available. Jonathan regularly writes and speaks about The New Leader Way, leadership resilience, and the future of work. He has years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, a master's degree from Seattle University, and professional coach training from the University of Miami.

Filed under: Leadership

Published on January 10, 2019

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