How to do it
Nurturing a leadership mindset
Taking a step up takes more than just a new job title. The move from team player to team leader takes a shift in mindset. If you want to instil confidence and avoid the creep of imposter syndrome, it's vital to support your emerging talent to develop a leadership mindset and increase their influence – in the right way.
Connect them with mentors and fellow leaders
The best people to learn from are those that have been there, taken on the challenges, and emerged stronger on the other side. There are lessons to be learned from others inside your business, but an external sounding board, coach, or mentor can give developing leaders a safe space to share challenges, seek advice, and ask questions.
Equip them for challenges
There will be highs and lows, challenges, and successes in all leadership roles. Preparing your emerging talent for the tough times is key. Tackling underperformance, navigating conflict, negotiating with tricky clients, try to equip them with the skills and insight to approach situations like these and the resilience to take them on.
Encourage a focus on communication
Communication is the cornerstone of good leadership. Instil them with the confidence to communicate effectively through active listening, articulating ideas, and motivating others. These skills will empower them to engage with their team and positively influence those around them.