Accidental Leaders

Thousands of professionals who excel in their current role get promoted in an organization and before they know it, they find themselves in senior and leadership roles with more responsibility, but without any support or training.

These professionals are good at their core jobs where they manage themselves or a small team. Being thrust in a leadership role where their decisions impact the whole organization can backfire for many.

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A competent manager who is given a leadership role starts to have these problems:

  1. Converging planning and execution, which requires people management skills, become a gray area for accidental leaders.
  2. While they excel in short-term deliveries, accidental leaders need to understand that their work will now not impact the here and now, but the future of the company.

An accidental leader is not trained for divergent thinking.

Change is crucial for any company, and a leader has to ensure that it remains growing, vibrant and viable by constantly driving the change using acquisitions, divestment, expansion or contraction.

  1. Make a difference by leading in an inspired way, embracing change and being courageous.
  2. Have the willingness to live with ambiguity and uncertainty, while being optimistic.
  3. Identify the team that is being led by you and study the leadership model that you should be providing.
  4. Do a self-assessment and find out the skills that are lacking in you, then finding the right support structure to imbibe them.

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