Being at one of the top positions in an organization is one of the toughest jobs to do since it assigns you with the responsibilities to improve the way the company operates and consequently help in garnering profits. It is very obvious for one to face extreme pressure when starting with the leadership team and as a result, one gets off with a quick start. However, the secret to being successful is being relatively slow, analyze and then act.
It is important for a new leader to prove his worth. One should remember that he was brought in so that he can help the organization in delivering better and for this; going with speed is not the only viable option.
A new leader should start out with smaller goals like working on the costs, giving an eye towards production, strategizing to increase revenue and others. Instead of approaching complex and controversial problems right at the start, he should take things slow and steady. Moreover, bringing in a new leader is not just about the management, it is also connected to the emotions of the workforce and team members. Hence, going on harsh right in the start might result in more problems and obstacles like strikes in the organization.
Here is how you can slow down!
Being a leader and leading the team from the front is a fast yet a very spontaneous job. The tempo, decision-making process, strategizing and everything else is at a very high pace and the leaders need to be very quick and intuitive in order to keep things smooth. Below is a detailed guide over handful techniques that will help one in keeping the things a bit calm in such a fast-moving operating environment.
Gain control over the flow – A new leader inherits the system created by its predecessor and hence should first eliminate the mismatch between his and his predecessor’s work culture. Making a proper balance between his work and predecessor’s can help one in slowing the things down and improve decision making. He should also be able to control the flow of information in the organization in order to have the critical approach while making judgments.
Once in control, start reflecting – Once you have control, you obviously have more time. This will help you in understanding the data being thrown at you more efficiently. It will also help you in gaining trusted advisers – both inside and outside the organization. Moreover, reflecting the data you get will also help you in making crucial decisions that will ultimately influence the roadmap of the organization.
Make sure – It is very important to make sure that you do the same that has been asked to you. Especially in a one-on-one decision, it is very important to make sure that you have been understood by the listener and vice versa. Furthermore, if you ever feel that you are forgetting some things, it is very helpful to repeat the visual parts of the discussion in your mind.
Keep asking – Self-questioning and self-analysis is very important to help one in learning and analyzing before putting forward the next step. Moreover, asking questions about the decisions and processes of the team members helps in procuring more possible alternatives. It also encourages and promotes the feedback mechanism among the team members.
Think and respond – If you are at one of the top positions in the organization, your words and responses will be taken very seriously. Hence, taking a pause and thinking before you speak anything might turn out to be utterly beneficial to you. Also, thinking will help you in adding creativity to work.
Being a leader is a position of responsibility and demands one to be patient and hard working. Quick runs towards success are most likely to be a short one and will ultimately end up doing more harm than good. One should be wary of quick wins and should take things in control before running behind complex and controversial targets. Remember, being careful and patient is the key to be a competent leader adding value to the organization.
Written & Compiled By Faber Kishlay & Faber Mayuri