Leadership is all about responsibility. It’s natural to feel worried or scared when you’re taking on a lot of new responsibility where people will depend on you to lead them.
It’s important to remember though that this nervousness is an anticipatory emotion. Your brain is supplying concerns for you so you can think them through and plan. This builds into painting your new role as something full of areas for you to fail at and can make you so nervous that you lose sight of the truth of the situation. And yet, these worries are things you’ve made up. They’re things your mind has created, anticipating the issues ahead.
Your brain can also come back around to the truth we know. When you are feeling nervous about a new leadership role, the best way to counter that is with practical thoughts.
You Came Into This Position For a Reason
Let’s work on remembering why that reason was and let’s do this in the most straightforward way possible, by making lists.
Your first list can be of attributes that someone who takes on this leadership role should have to be good at their job.
You can then read through your first list and check off the skills you already know you have, and make a second list of ways you’ve demonstrated these skills in the past.
Now, make a list of things you want to do while you take on this role to fulfill the needs of this role. What kind of leader do you want to be? What will that leader do?
Have A Plan For Communication With Your Team
Let them know right from day one the best way to get ahold of you. Have a plan for how you will handle this. Will you check your emails twice a day, or are you going to be on your phone all the time? Strategize a routine and let your team know what that will look like so they always know they can get in touch.
Every Leader Continues to Grow
Leaders are still human beings. If they aren’t willing to admit their own faults, take responsibility, and improve, then they become a dictator who isn’t as effective in leading people. The best leaders continue to grow. Make plans for how you will continue to grow. How will you work on growing in the future? Classes? Will you be getting feedback from the people you work with? By remembering right from the beginning that everyone is always growing, you give yourself more room to take risks, make mistakes, and be a better leader.