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Knighted Into Positions of Leadership




The Situation


A person is good at their current job, and based on that qualification alone is promoted into being a leader of people with little or no formal development -- they are "knighted" into a position of leadership instead of being developed into it.


This scenario is far too common in organizations. Sometimes it works, but most of the time it doesn't.


Why?


The "knighting effect" assumes that the title alone gives the person everything they need to be successful in their new role. Many times the newly promoted leader is left on their own while trying to figure out, as well as perform in their new role.


For most people it’s not an easy transition from a job as a team member or individual contributor into a role leading people without support and development – but that’s typically what happens.

In addition, many people take the job not really understanding what the role of a leader means; leaving their old job, and taking on something much different, and much more challenging.


Leading a team is not a easy, and not everyone is "cut" out to do it. Many times, the new leader continues to do their “old” job – it’s comfortable, they know how to do it, and they feel productive.


Meanwhile, people are looking for leadership from the new leader, and if they don’t find it, bad things start to happen. The lack of leadership starts a vicious cycle of frustration and people leaving the team.


Leadership development is a challenge. There is not a lot of time for it these days, and I feel we go about developing leaders the wrong way (for the most part). Leaders, especially new leaders need development, support, skills, knowledge and ideas to help them be successful in their job.


I've learned a lot about leadership over the years as a practitioner, follower, and student of leadership. I have learned leadership lessons from the best and the worst.


In my time coaching leaders many of them said "I wish you had all of this advice written down somewhere" and that is the motivation for me to write about the lessons that I've learned over the years, so you don't have to learn the hard way.


The world and world of work needs more effective leaders. My hope is that this information in my website and blog helps you develop into a better leader and in turn develop healthier organizations.


More to come on simple and actionable ideas to consider that will help you be a better leader.



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