Alex: Listen and unpack assumptions

There's no doubt about it: when you take on a leadership role, in those first few days you really want to make a great impression – one that will set both you and your team up for success.

It can be a nerve-racking time. After all, you're in the early stages of building healthy, long-term relationships with people who will be working closely with you for the foreseeable future.

But there's a risk to diving into your 'leadership persona' too quickly: you're not listening. This is particularly the case if you already know your team and you've simply been promoted to manager or boss. You just want to rush in and apply your awesome ideas without actually listening.

It's a common mistake. New leaders end up telling people what they should do in order to build expectations from the start. But this establishment of authority can be ham-fisted and actually end up as a detriment to your workplace relationships.

This video will guide you through the common pitfalls of taking on a leadership role, and why listening to your team and unpacking assumptions is far and away the better option than simply 'leading from the outset'. When you get into the mindset that you are there to guide your people rather than direct them, you'll naturally fall into the ideal leadership mentality.

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