Are you into leadership because of the power, the role, the status, or because of the challenges, the responsibility, the people that allow you to lead?
It seems like a trivial question, and the answer is probably, for most, somewhat in the middle.
But I can’t count the leaders who stop at the prestige and forgo the difficult part.
What if we would start presenting promotions into leadership roles in a different way? And so, instead of saying.
You did well so far, here is a promotion, a new title, and a salary raise.
We would say.
You did well so far. Here is a chance to take this team and make it awesome, to listen to their ideas and ensure the ones that make sense get developed and the others are put on hold (perhaps forever), to raise their engagement with the company and their role even in the face of bad news – especially in the face of bad news. Do you take it?
Managers do really need to start thinking at leadership in a different way, otherwise it will continue to be the professional graveyard of people with monetary and status ambitions.