The Critical Mindset For New Leaders


So you’ve just been promoted to a leadership position, congratulations! You’re going to find that leading people is an entirely different ballgame than it was when you were an individual contributor.

The quality of your results as an individual contributor was probably what got you promoted to manager. But what made you a great star performer may actually prevent you from being a great leader.

While you used to be a player, now you need to see yourself as a coach. It’s not about getting results on your own but getting them with and through others.

Your personal benchmarks, while still important, will need to take a back seat to help your team members learn, grow, and become leaders themselves. You win by helping your team win. You’ll be measured by the quality of their results, not yours.

As a leader, your people are your results.

Leading a team requires a different skillset than working as an individual contributor. To succeed in the face of new challenges, first-level leaders need to shift how they think and act. Download our latest guide and develop your people into a high-performing team. 


About the Author

Leena Rinne

Leena Rinne is FranklinCovey's Vice President of Consulting. She is responsible for the management and development of the consultant team and the ongoing world class delivery of FranklinCovey programs and solutions. Leena is co-author of the Wall Street Journal bestselling book, The 5 Choices: The Path to Extraordinary Productivity, and also co-authored the forthcoming book, Leading Customer Loyalty: Cracking the Code to Customer Devotion. Currently in her 14th year with FranklinCovey, Leena’s passion lies in supporting client to develop great leaders and create winning cultures.

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