It becomes lonely at the top
All transitions are difficult and get more challenging further up the career ladder. The step up to a more senior, strategic role can be the most difficult transition for many to make. It's important to realise that leaders are not born with all the skills they will need in their roles and, faced with a gap organisations, can take one of two approaches:
1. Let them acquire the skills on the job – the sink or swim approach or;
2. Provide structured skills acquisition and other relevant support. Not surprisingly the latter offers by far the best Results.
Many organisations have removed unnecessary layers of leadership in a bid to become more streamlined, yet this means that as companies begin to grow once more, less experienced leaders are being asked to take on more and more varied leadership roles. As a result, their responsibilities grow, as does the need to manage larger teams and to take a more hands-off approach to daily activities, focusing more on strategy and team performance, for example.
Leaders can also often feel more isolated and afraid to admit that some new responsibilities represent a Challenge for them and this is an area where coaching and mentoring can provide considerable support to new and emerging leaders.