Back on December 10, 2015 Austin Kleon posted this image along with a blog called How to find your voice which I was reminded of during a conversation with an experienced inside sales manager right before she started at a new company.
She made an observation in our coaching conversation that “I need to know what my leadership voice will sound like BEFORE I get there.”
The slate was clean, she (to quote Austin Kleon) had been 195 different leaders in the past – this was her chance to walk in the door and BE the leader she wanted to be.
Step 1: define what she believes her leadership will look like.
Step 2: remind herself of what she DIDN’T want to bring with her.
Step 3: define the activities that will demonstrate who she is as a leader.
Step 4: replace things she had done in the past (that DON’T represent who she is going to be) with activities that will.
psssst, you don’t have to change jobs to become a new leader, although you may have to take smaller steps to get to be the person you want to become.