Be clear about your position and what is required of your role in the organisation first.
How many times do we hear people say let us start, and then we will figure it out?
That works if the whole organisation or team is not depending on you for direction.
Often, I coach leaders who have been thrown in the deep end due to all the changes that are currently going on in companies.
The biggest ‘secret’ people share with me as a coach is that they are not clear about the direction of the organisation. Nonetheless, they do not want to ask their superiors or boards as it may make them look inept.
Begin with the end in mind. – Stephen Covey
One thing we coaches do a lot is asking questions. We want to be clear how we can help our client they can reach their goal faster. The same principle should apply to the workplace. How will you know where you need to take your team if you do not ask?
If you are not clear from the onset, how will you know what human resources, you need to achieve the tasks?
If two or more teams are joining their workloads and visions, it is most likely that no one person will have the answers. Therefore no one expects you to know it all. There is so much wastage in the organisation only because people will not ask.
Simple questions you might want to ask are:
- Where do you see the new team in 12 months?
- What are the top three objectives of the organisation?
- What will great look like at the end of 12, 24, 48 months?
- Who can take lead on particular projects or pieces of work?
Empower your team by asking the team for their help.
After all good leaders hire people, who are smarter than them. I believe that is you. It baffles me, how some managers seem to want to have their hands in every task. They look to develop the super boss syndrome without even realising it. They insist on satisfying all demands from above and making decisions that mean their staff end up feeling disempowered. That can be counterproductive. Effective leaders take time to consult their teams or employ people who can provide the answers directly, pertinent to their particular area of expertise.
As Stephen Covey said in the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. A good leader needs to know their direction.
I hope this will help you start thinking of further development or help that you may need. If you would like more information about what help I can offer. Please comment below or send us an email via the contact page.