My father-in-law spent most of his adult life as a cardiologist. That’s a highly specialized and highly technical area in the field of medicine that deals with the heart. Not every physician can claim to be a cardiologist. It requires rigorous training under the close supervision of an existing cardiologist. That period of training and supervision is called a fellowship.
Likewise, many building trades such as electricians, plumbers, and machinists undergo a period of training from someone with more experience. The Apprentice becomes a Journeyman, the Journeyman becomes a Master.
The world of IT leadership is not nearly as structured. Any individual contributor can be promoted into a leadership position. The company hopes that the new manager will share his technical expertise and acumen with his team.
The promotion comes with increased authority and responsibility. Unfortunately most often it comes without training or mentoring in his new role as leader.
That’s a recipe for disaster.
What can you do if you’re in that situation?
Seek out a mentor or coach to help you in your new role. A good mentor or coach can provide valuable insight and feedback as you grow in your leadership skills.
It’s best to find someone within your organization. If that’s not possible, look outside your organization. Learn from their mistakes, rather than stumbling around and making your own.
Seeking help and guidance from others who have walked the path before you, is a sign of wisdom and not of weakness.
So what are you waiting for? Start looking for a coach or mentor today.
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