How Emerging Leaders Can Step Up Without Tripping Up

You might have been performing brilliantly in your current position for years. You are the star employee of your organization and your managers always turn to you whenever they are in trouble or want to find solution to a certain problem. However, most people find it difficult to make a smooth and successful transition from a specialist to a leadership role. The skills that once helped you to achieve remarkable success might no longer be useful for you. You have to acquire a totally new skill set to succeed as a leader or manager. Most new leaders or managers have the tendency to make a lot of mistakes which can mar their previous achievements as well, especially if they lack right level of confidence and maturity.

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The Role of Two Powerful Human Emotions:
There are two powerful human emotions which always remain with you no matter whatever you do and same is true for new business leaders. These two emotions are excitement and fear. Excitement keeps you positively energized and enables you to look for the new opportunities. However, it can blinded you from important facts and dangers that are an integral part of every new adventure.

On the other hand, fear of the unexpected and dangers keeps you alert all the time but sometimes, it can also paralyze you and prevent you from taking tough but necessary decisions. For you to be a successful businessman, you have to maintain a balance between these two emotions.

Two Biggest Factors that Impact Leadership Success:
There is nothing wrong in saying that even highly successful businessmen can suffer from career derailment. There are many factors that contribute to the career derailment, most important of which are inability to adapt or develop and poor interpersonal relationships. As mentioned in the introductory paragraph, you have to develop new skill sets to be successful as a leader. The skills which helped you to achieve success in your 30s might not help you at all in your 40s or 50s. You have to develop and adapt to stay relevant with your industry and if you do not, nothing can prevent you from failing.

Following is the diagrammatic explanation of human learning graph and why some leaders ultimately fail after enjoying great success.


Similarly, if you have poor interpersonal skills, you are never going to remain successful. You have to maintain good relationships with your peers, subordinates and even with yourself. If you can’t manage to communicate effectively with others, you should not even dream of achieving success.

3 keys to Quality Communication:
In the context of above discussion, following are three keys to quality communication.

  • Compassion
    The first key of quality communication is the compassion. You need to connect to the other person’s emotions and speak through his heart. Only this way, you will be able to deliver your message effectively.
  • Clarity:
    You need to clearly explain and make others understand what you really want them to do. Try to convey your message in an open and relaxed manner.
  • Collaboration:
    The purpose of your communication efforts should be to achieve a common goal. You should encourage others to collaborate with you and each other to work for common interests.

Impatient Ambition Slows Down Real Progress:
Having an ambitious mindset and an insatiable thirst for success is always going to be helpful. However, impatient ambition can also thwart your real progress. Impatient ambition implies the lack of true confidence and inner calm. Similarly, people who desperately long for success are self-centered and focus more on their self-growth than that of their organizations and other people. Finally, impatient ambition makes you read people and the context incorrectly, resulting in unforced mistakes and ultimate failure.

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