“Am I really fit as a fiddle?”
“Am I physically and mentally ready to take a new position? Of course. It is a very big opportunity, but I am not sure whether things will work out for me”.
These turbulent thoughts eating away the brain of Francis, an experienced Team Leader, as he lay awake one whole night worrying about the new position he’d taken. He had run a small team of graphic designers for more than 5 years. In fact, he together with his team came through with flying colors with two highly successful projects. On the basis of the reputation as a team leader, he had been chosen by the company to take the position of General Manager for a start-up company in New York.
Though he had sound experience as a team leader, he was nervous to take up the new role. Although his boss trusted Francis’s ability to lead the company, Francis was literally anxious and worried about living up to the expectations.
Do the nervousness and uneasiness of Francis sound similar?
Despite having years of management experience, doubts and fear would often come to all of us when we go ahead to try our hands with the new higher designation.
Managing people is not an easy task. It requires a diverse range of skills, but aspiring leaders can acquire them. Finally yet importantly, as a manager, you need to stay one step ahead of everyone else in terms of knowledge, maturity, and confidence.