Products and Programs
You are a relatively new leader with direct reports. You were promoted to this position because you are a master at getting things done, but now you find yourself hitting some hard realities about how to lead others to the same level of performance that you have achieved. You are finding it hard to delegate because you could get it done in half the time it will probably take them. You have taken some leadership training and still find yourself using “knee jerk reactions” when you get into stress mode. Sometimes you feel like you are “busting your butt” for everyone and feeling extremely unappreciated by your team. You most need a strategy to help your direct reports really step into owning what they do and take more initiative.
Individual Contributing Leaders
You are in a leadership position where you have to influence others who don’t report to you. You are an expert in your field and you are tasked to drive a project or initiative across a department or your organization. You want to be respected as the expert in the room but you feel like you are always trying to prove yourself. You work with some colleagues who are negative and not big on change and sometimes it feels like one step forward and two steps back. You constantly have to demonstrate that you know what you are talking about and you still don’t feel like you have the respect or the appreciation that you deserve from your boss or colleagues. More than anything you need to know how to get the respect and appreciation you deserve and how to have a greater influence on others to drive the changes that need to be made and accomplish your objectives.
You have been a leader for a few years and you are now leading a full team. You have great people, but getting them all on the same page and working together takes more time and energy than it seems like it should. You have noticed several issues with your team and you don’t quite know how to work through them. Morale is not where you need it to be. Results are less than the combined talent should be producing. Execution is not swift and being late with deliverables has become the norm. You want to be in a position where you are bringing out the best in people and you are seen as open, empathetic, easy to talk to and also get results from the whole team. Most of all you need a way to take that step back when things get stressful so that you can appropriately respond and be a positive force for your team versus just a force.