Becoming a new leader or manager can be an ego boost, but that ego can get out of hand if not self-managed. There are some basic strategies leaders can use for keeping power in perspective.
Keeping it Authentic
You were hired or promoted because of your strengths, but don’t change into someone you think you are supposed to be. Learn your personal leadership style.
Power can diminish a leader’s empathy if the leader is too focused on their own thoughts. Understanding another’s vantage point and how it feels to walk in their shoes gives a leader the ability to communicate in a more profound way.
Accountability can be overlooked by leaders. Yet it builds the foundation for productive and engaged teams. Make effective requests and deliver promises to get results and generate trust with your team.
Comfort with Conflict
Not all conflict is bad and can lead to great progress. However, many leaders shy away from confrontation in fear it will get emotionally messy. Ignoring conflict lets problems fester, snowball and create resentment among your team. Acknowledging and addressing differences in opinion will lead to growth and deeper connection.
There’s a big difference between dictate and lead. While there are times to be directive in a crisis or when a quick decision is needed, always taking an authoritative stance is the least effective leadership style. You have the ability to teach, inspire and engage people. Now that is true power. And it is a gift.