Many books have been written about being successful in a new role however most of them (if not all), focus on external factors such as being prepared for the new company, position, culture, team, etc.
All are valid and solid but they underestimate the importance of the impact of the new role on you as both leader and individual.
For this reason, in my experience, there are three uncomfortable truths about being successful in a new leadership role. Worth sharing with you:
1) Learn quickly while dealing with pressure
You’ll be expected to make critical decisions, navigate complex situations, and manage a team effectively. Quickly.
It can be uncomfortable to adapt to this new level of responsibility and the high expectations that come with it.
You’ll face challenges and encounter situations where you feel out of your depth, which can be unnerving.
2) Be vulnerable
Effective leadership involves acknowledging your limitations, seeking feedback, and being open to learning and growing.
It can be uncomfortable to admit when you don’t have all the answers or when you make mistakes.
Good news: by being vulnerable and humble, you create an environment where your team feels comfortable doing the same, fostering a culture of growth and innovation.
3) Balance personal and professional demands
Leadership roles are demanding and time-consuming, sometimes blurring the boundaries between work and personal life.
It can be uncomfortable to manage the expectations of your organization, stakeholders, and team while also prioritizing your own well-being, family, and personal goals.
Finding that balance and setting boundaries will require tough decisions and uncomfortable conversations, but it’s crucial for long-term success and fulfillment.
The first 90 days in your new role will highly determine your future results.
Be extremely prepared to make an impact.
The sooner. The better.