Survivify: Work

How to Survivify: Being the Boss

Maybe you've recently been promoted to your first leadership position, or simply to your first executive post at your current company. Or perhaps you've been the boss for a while. Whatever the circumstances, being the boss isn't always as easy as it may appear.

If you are a newly minted leader, there are management issues which can be thorny right out of the gate. For example, you may need to assemble a new management team, or instead you might have to deal with a team that you've inherited from your predecessor. Learning to delegate is another potential stumbling block, particularly when you are under pressure to prove yourself quickly. If you're a veteran leader, you have your own set of hot button issues, such as keeping both yourself and your employees motivated and successful, staying abreast of emerging technologies and assessing their impact on legacy operations, and more.

Whatever situation you're in, we're here to help.

Look on the bright side:

  • At least you're in charge.
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Tips from the trenches:

  • Don't be afraid of hiring someone who is smarter than you. This person will make you look good.
  • Invite direct reports to manage up. This develops leadership potential among your staff and helps ensure you are aware of issues before they can become problems.
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Survival kit contents:

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Words of Wisdom

To lead the people, walk behind them. -Lao Tzu
Leaders don't create followers, they create more leaders. -Tom Peters
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. -John Quincy Adams