10 dangers of inexperienced leaders:
- Needing to be liked.
- Emotional decisions.
- Trying too hard.
- Neglecting the long term.
- Focusing on symptoms rather than causes.
- Aiming without pulling the trigger.
- Forget to say thank you.
10 questions every inexperienced leader must keep asking:
- What type of world are my behaviors building around me?
- How many questions did I ask today?
- What am I learning?
- Am I acting or reacting?
- When was the last time I spent an hour in self-reflection?
- What’s the most fun?
- Am I soliciting input from experienced leaders and staff?
- Do I welcome ideas from everyone?
- How are we leveraging everyone’s strengths?
- Who do I feel threatened by? Why?
12 powerful suggestions for inexperienced leaders:
- You matter in ways you can’t imagine. Watch your tone, body language, and attitude, everyone else is.
- Be optimistic about the future and realistic about the present. Optimism frustrates others if you don’t acknowledge present realities and problems first.
- Challenges aren’t your biggest opportunity, people are.
- Be tender when you’re being tough.
- Remove manipulators and backstabbers. They may quickly deliver results but everyone around them slows down.
- Courageously ask dumb questions.
- Protect your team from political fallout and organizational interference.
- Believe your perspective matters. Listen to yourself as well as others.
- Avoid extreme reactions.
- Recruit mentors, advisors, and, coaches. Get support.
- Take responsibility.
- Make the best interests of your organization and others your priority. Always.
Bonus: Stick with it. The reason it’s called experience is it takes time.