Not everyone is meant to cook. Not everyone is meant to be a professional athlete. Not everyone is meant to lead. However I see many people that end up in managerial roles that are not trained to be leaders. A recent post I read stated that most managers do not go through any form of formal training when they first step into leadership roles until roughly two years after they have been on the job. Formal training may not always be cut out what it is meant to be, however whenever anyone steps into a leadership role they should be given guidance.
I’m a huge believer of learning by doing and of learning in general. You should never stop learning. Hence part of becoming a leader is training leadership habits early. We all think we are great, however those that often move into managerial positions suddenly believe the world revolves around them because they “have a say” in how others should execute, perform or carry out any given task. That is not someone you want to work for.
If most companies had a formal training in place for people who move into these roles from the beginning of that stepping stone, then those so called managerial habits can be instilled upon them. I see lots of managers who can’t really cope with their new tasks and will typically under-perform or even fail within the first year or two.
Now the reason why I want to share this is because this blog is all about the hustle, all about the grind, the self improvement, the money, and bits and pieces of my life. And in this specific post I want to point out that I truely believe that many of you in leading positions are not fit to be in those roles. That does not mean you do not have the right attitude or skill set, rather this means that if you do not go through some for of learning process, you will continue to lean on your habitual behaviors which for you may be perfectly fine, but when you are dealing and instructing others, it takes things to a whole new level. And this with the habitual behaviors holds very true for all roles and job moves, but it all the more important when you are supposed to step up to the plate and lead others.
I mentor and have mentored several people both in and outside the corporate business environment including new supervisors/managers and something I often see is that people in these leading roles often utilize their individual contributor habits and/or practices in their new role. Its something that just happens naturally as we tend to think our ways are the only/best ways, even when you know that something specific may not be helpful or appropriate, we do it anyways because it is comfortable and/or familiar to us.
I need to dig out some text however Im sure Ill find it online, I just do not have the time now to go through material, but I have read that most organizations wait years to begin formally training managers. That is way too late and that means bad leadership habits will form and influence the way a personal in that role will execute their. Even if they move up the ladder to reach certain levels, that does not mean they know what they are doing. There is a glass ceiling for most in those cases, what otherwise might have been a promising career.
It is important for you as your new company, or whether you are responsible for development in a large multinational to look at the organization and understand:
- What skills do leader need to develop at the beginning of their career?
- What types of conversations should they be holding?
- What should they master?
- What kind of habits should they be forming?
- How should people transition successfully? (If they are new into the role from previously being an individual contributor)
- How do you identify poor managers early enough in their careers to accelerate development on the right path rather than correcting poor habits later on?
These are just but a few that of the questions that should be ingrained into the establishing and maintaining of any business or organization.
So if you are planning on moving into management, or already are. Evaluate yourself and the habits you execute on in your daily role. Are they really assisting you in what your goal should actually be – inspiring others (your team) to achieve greatness because they see that in you? Or are you simply doing what your doing because you get to tell others what to do, the compensation, the benefits, the perks, and so forth? My challenge to you is – ask yourself whether you are doing what your doing as a leader for the right motives? Because in the end if it’s not your passion you’re just wasting a huge load of time.
Go train yourself. Get some inputs from others and continuously strive to work at improving what your habits and skills are.