The development of emerging leaders (ELs) is often overlooked or the EL is not given the energy needed for healthy growth to sustain leadership. To explore why it is important to invest time, energy and funding into ELs, we need to identify and understand their challenges.
Let’s first identify the EL. The EL is typically a star performer. This is why we choose them for leadership. They show the ability to excel in a given area, be it sales, technology, customer service, etc. Star performers are used to being on top. Often this personal success has won them affirmation, bonuses and autonomy. Managing oneself to accomplishment is quite different than bringing an entire team to success. Herein lies the first mistake, seasoned leaders (SLs) make. SLs assume because an individual is a star performer they will make an excellent team leader. They then proceed to promote them, give them the keys to their new office, print business cards and think they are good to go… thus, unintentionally setting the EL up for failure.
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