To Succeed as a First-Time Leader, Relax November 02, 2016 14:37
A successful leadership transition depends on substantial cognitive restructuring. Many newly appointed managers, as they assume unfamiliar roles, cling to a belief system that emphasizes “hard skills” and a “nose to the grindstone” mentality. But this mindset can constitute a set of limiting beliefs for a manager whose “soft skills” will actually determine whether he or she thrives. Some managers struggle to adapt their belief system, in part because they fear they will lose their edge in their area of technical expertise. Effective managers rigorously cultivate positive thoughts about leadership, and eventually relax into their roles without self-doubt. This positive mindset is an essential starting point.
Managers can build a leadership mindset and mindfulness skills only if their brains are functioning well. Sound sleep, regular exercise, good nutrition, and other healthy behaviors are essential. When navigating a stressful transition to a new management role, self-care is essential. If you’ve been thinking that it’s time for your annual check-up or considering contacting a therapist, don’t keep putting it off. Taking care of your physical and mental health can provide a foundation for optimal performance in managerial roles.
Taking on a leadership position for the first time can be one of the most stressful moments in someone’s career. It’s often the moment when many stars in the organization fail for the first time.