“It is the certainty that you are about to recover, that brings results, not the hope.” – Emile Coue
As individuals progress to senior positions within their organizations, they shoulder greater responsibility for setting targets, making critical decisions, and guiding their teams towards success.
When leaders find themselves uncertain about targets, numbers, or the direction to pursue, it creates a ripple effect throughout their teams. Subordinates look to their seniors for guidance and rely on their expertise to set clear objectives. However, when leaders waver or exhibit hesitancy, it becomes increasingly challenging for their junior team members to accomplish their tasks effectively.
Key skills that an individual needs to develop as he climbs up the ladder to become a leader and inspire others:
The Emergence of Seniority (Seniority = Certainty)
Seniority is not solely determined by the number of years spent in a role or organization. It encompasses the wealth of experiences, challenges, and lessons accumulated along the way. Each twist and turn in our career journey shapes us, building resilience and sharpening our skills.
Certainty through Execution (Getting things Done!)
When you consistently deliver results and accomplish tasks with precision, you showcase your deep-rooted confidence and certainty in your abilities. Your actions speak louder than words, and by consistently meeting deadlines, surpassing expectations, and driving projects to completion, you provide tangible evidence of your capability to navigate complexities and overcome obstacles.
Embracing the Unknown (Taking Risks)
Paradoxically, the more senior we become, the more comfortable we grow with embracing the unknown. We develop an insatiable curiosity that propels us to venture into uncharted territories.
A Rhythm of Trust (Believe in your Team)
Seniority is built on a foundation of trust, both in ourselves and in others. It’s a rhythm that harmonizes collaboration, fosters meaningful connections, and ignites the collective potential of our teams.
Lead by Example (Inspire and Guide)
Lead by example without the need for grand gestures or overt displays of certainty. Your quiet confidence and subtle guidance will inspire others to follow suit, creating a ripple effect that effortlessly spreads throughout the organization.
“Seniority without certainty is like a ship without a compass.”
By getting things done, you demonstrate your commitment to excellence and your willingness to take ownership of outcomes. Seniority brings with it increased responsibility, and by leading by example and consistently delivering on your promises, you establish yourself as a reliable and trustworthy leader. Your actions inspire others to follow suit, creating a positive ripple effect throughout the organization.
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