A very well deserved position might I add; in fact I don’t think there could be a better candidate for it.
We spent some time talking about his new challenges and great opportunities ahead, we share some advice and recommendations, and after such good conversation I kept thinking about the kind of advices I would have liked to get too… So I decided to share a brief list in here:
1- Know your team mates as if they were your family, there will be days where you’ll spend more time with them than with your actual one.
2- Strive to comprehend what really moves and motivates each member of your staff. Understand that not everyone gets excited over the same things and specially that not everybody works just for money. Give meaning to their work.
3- Spend time with them; don’t stay all day inside your office. Work hand in hand with your team but don’t do their work for them.
4- Show how much you really respect your team by empowering them, sharing responsibility and letting them make their own decisions and act accordingly.
5- Celebrate their mistakes. Make sure they are not afraid of making mistakes, this way they will always be trying to do more.
6- Make the right decisions for the right reasons. Always try to do what’s right for the organization and for your team, don’t just do what you think will be the popular thing with your bosses and peers.
7- Never impose your position, rather create a vision that is aligned with the interests and mission of the organization that everyone can follow passionately.
8- Never feel that you are above your team. They are not your employees; in any case it is you who works for them.
9- Understand that you don’t need to be always right or know more than the rest. Recognize your strengths and weaknesses do the same with your team mates and let everybody bring their abilities to the table to strengthen the team.
10- Do not abuse your title. The name in your presentation card does not make you more important or better than the rest. It just means that you have more responsibilities and that you depend more on others.
11- Remember LEADERSHIP means:
No doubt all are good advice, but actually one of the best advices I’ve heard lately is one that precisely my friend shared with me: “No matter what you do, always remember you have a board of directors to report to: your family.”