Thoughtful Thursdays: Do you take the opportunity to reinvent yourself whenever possible?
Do you take every opportunity to reinvent yourself as a leader? On this week's #ThoughtfulThursdays episode, Lorenzo discussed the importance of resetting your leadership when you change teams.
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Hey everyone this is Lorenzo from hacking your leadership and welcome to another thoughtful Thursday episode!
Happy New Year and thanks for listening to the first episode of the 2020.
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On this episode, I want to talk about reinvention. As leaders we typically get a chance to reinvent ourselves or at least hit a little reset button when we get promoted or even just move or transfer to a new team. When done correctly, we consider what things we want to be known for and what things we want to leave behind. Many times, just joining a new team allows us to shake some of the old bad decisions we made or strained relationships we caused.
Chris and I spent time talking about our Culture Acronym in a previous series and the first letter of the acronym is the letter C standing for Consider yourself and it really is about thinking about how you want to show up for your team to increase overall Culture. As a leader joining a new team, one of the things you really want to consider is that first impression and how you spend your first few weeks engaging with and getting to know the people you work with. This is critical to quickly building equity in the relationships that lead to trust and alignment.
Recently, I’ve been investing time speaking with leaders that have joined new teams, leaders that are returning to previous teams they have worked with and leaders that are new to role and are no responsible for the teams they may have recently been a part of.
I’m a firm believer that promoting someone and moving them to a new team at the same time is really best for all parties involved, it doesn’t always work out that way, but it is extremely difficult to get that reset or reinvention with people who are already very familiar with you and may struggle with seeing you in a different role, especially if that role is directly leading them.
In my career, I’ve experienced both scenarios and I can testify that my greatest growth through reinvention happened when I changed teams. Something to be very conscious of though is that you have to be authentically you. I’ve seen leaders take the opportunity to change teams and get a promotion and then attempt to show up as someone that they are not, usually its a role where they are the sole person responsible for the team or business unit and they may attempt to hide any vulnerabilities or over index in false confidence to divert from the fact that they really don’t know what they are doing.
So in conclusion, when you or one of the people you lead gets a chance to reinvent or reset, take the time to plan. Contemplate and Discuss how to show up and what people should takeaway from initial interactions and conversations.
Look at every one of these opportunities as a chance to realign values, sharpen skills and eliminate distractions.
Thanks for listening, happy new year and talk to you all next time!