Having read and learnt many theories on Leadership this one has stuck by me for a while and i thought it was worthwhile sharing my learnings with you. No matter what you are doing today & at what position you are, you must create new opportunities within the confines of your current role, else the next assignment may never come your way or maybe get something else, which may not be up your alley.
Below are the 5 phases of stepping into a larger Leadership Role and are applicable to most of us
Step 1: Disconfirmation
Knowing the distance between where you are and where you want to be is the spark that will ignite you to take action. Most forms of adult learning take place due to some dissatisfaction arising from status quo. Ambition combined with “urgency infusion” are the elements required for a successful change.
Step 2: Add before you subtract
Doing some new things that allow you to practice new behaviors and push you outside the box of your usual work routine and networks. When the new leadership activity becomes sustainable you should stop investing large chunks of your time on older more ingrained operating habits. This will get you quick wins on low hanging fruit.
Step 3: Stick with it / Persist
Personal change like organizational change is rarely the linear, upward progression we naively hope it to be. Personal change is more like a line of peaks and valleys, false starts, new beginnings, rocky progress. The key however is to stick with it and to make time for both old and new behaviors.
Step 4: Course Correction
While the changes we make at first begin with small steps and incremental moves at some point it becomes important to reexamine the goals, priorities and ambitions that have been driving us and to ask whether they are still relevant for the future.
Step 5: Internalization
This is the necessary step that allows people to move from what they know and do to “who they are”. There is a big difference between doing what you are supposed to do and doing things because of who you are and what you firmly believe in. When you internalize a change it becomes grounded – real and tangible – in your direct experience and is rooted in new self-definitions. The outsights become insights.
Sometimes when people go through this cycle they recognize that they have outgrown their jobs or their organizations. In some instances a person may stay in the same job but may work in a completely new and different way. Other times the journey leads to a major career change.
So whether you “step up”or “step out” is a
function of where you are in
your leadership journey.
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About Surekha Nagpal
Surekha Nagpal has over 15 years of experience and has worked with organizations like GENPACT. Surekha holds a Masters in Economics Field Of Study Economics from Delhi School of Economics.