What is an Emerging Leader
An “emerging leader” is someone who is taking on increasing responsibility and authority in their organization. An emerging leader is also one that is ambitious and career-focused. They may be at any level in the organisation, but will often be evident in frontline or mid-level leaders.
Emerging leaders are the lifeblood of businesses as they can be the drivers of innovative change and pursuers of high performance. They look for mentors and build relationships to cement their growth.
Here are five things that never go out of fashion for emerging leaders to master.
1. Being a Leader is not about having all the answers
Leaders are constantly seeking the best way to do things. They don’t want to be ‘done to’, they want to be ‘doers’. This means leaders must constantly ask questions, listen and learn. The emerging leader should be aware they don’t need to know all the answers.
2. Learning to Delegate and Accept Help
Emerging leaders are often the ones who don t want to be left out of the game and feel like they must do it all themselves. As a result, they do not delegate tasks or accept help from others. The emerging leader must learn to let go. Delegate tasks and accept help from others. Often leaders also feel guilty providing work to their team, but fundamentally that is your job. And a well-directed team is more likely to be effective and satisfied in their roles.
3. Communicate, Listen, and Respect others
It is crucial that emerging leaders learn how to communicate clearly, listen well, and build strong relationships with all members of their team. Emerging leaders should focus on being clear with their direction and focused on ensuring their understanding of their team. Respect is also something the leader should exhibit before expecting it back, it truly is a give first then receive process when it comes to respect.
4. Be Humble and Confident
In order to be an effective leader, it is important to strike a balance between being humble and being confident. On the one hand, leaders need to be confident in their abilities and in their vision for the future. On the other hand, they also need to be humble enough to listen to others, learn from their mistakes, and take feedback constructively.
Too much confidence can lead to arrogance and a lack of openness to new ideas. On the other hand, if a leader is too humble, they may have difficulty making decisions and asserting themselves when necessary. The key is finding a middle ground where you are confident enough in your abilities to lead but also humble enough to listen and learn from others.
One way to strike this balance is to focus on your team rather than yourself.
5. Set the Example
If you’re an emerging leader, it’s important to set an example for those who look up to you. You will have the opportunity to shape the culture of your organization. You can do this by embracing change, fostering healthy debate and growth, and developing a sense of community. Be the role model for your team and aim to be the leadership model for the organisation
Your Leadership Development
Emerging leaders often find themselves receiving the development they may crave. it has been found that just 10% of training is invested in the development of frontline and first-time leaders. The leaders critical for operational success have the least amount of funding allocated to their development and subsequent performance as a leader. That is an unfortunate fact and is slowly changing but it does mean for many emerging leaders the real development must come from your own investment of research, time, and finances.
There are many valuable programs for emerging leaders that you can undertake, external to your own company programs. Look to join a leadership mastermind or engage in the leadership game. There are book clubs to join and even Emerging Leaders Programs. Listen to podcasts, add journaling to your skillset and take notes for actioning. Take charge of your own growth and development, don’t leave it to chance.
A successful leader is one who is always growing and evolving. They are constantly seeking out new opportunities to learn so they can better serve their team. A good leader knows when to ask for help and when to give it. They also know how to delegate tasks and build a strong team. By following these simple guidelines, you too can become an effective leader in your field.