Good morning and Happy Monday! I’m Monica Wofford and this is your Monday Moment.
Leading can be scary and in honor of Halloween, while we didn’t bring a costume, I do want to acknowledge the scary part, at times, of leading.
Whether it was recent, or back when God was a toddler, remember when you first started being the boss or manager of other people? You may not have known what you were doing or known how on earth to get the people you used to hang out with to now respect your direction. We call that a Transition from Buddy to Boss and actually have a whole class on the topic, but remember that feeling? Weren’t you afraid someone would figure out just how many clues you DIDN’T have at that point in your development?
We’ve all been there and as a boss of new leaders or a team member with a newly promoted supervisor, it’s not fair to assume that all leaders truly feel like “they’ve got this”.
- Offer to help.
- Be supportive or insightful, before you judge whether or not they can do it.
- And then give ‘em a minute, and maybe even give ‘em a little credit for being willing to take on the challenge.
No one signs up for giving bad news or having to discipline or fire someone. No one signs up for being the messenger when corporate says some big change is coming. But you did or you new boss did and in the beginning, it can be a little daunting. If you’re there now, I promise, just like the mound of candy you sneak in and “borrow” pieces of from your children, it won’t last forever.
I’m Monica Wofford and that’s your Monday Moment.
See you next week for more talk on Leadership.