The earliest test of leadership comes with that first assignment to manage others. Most new managers initially fail this test because of a set of common misconceptions about what it means to be in charge.

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We hear a lot about the characteristics of great leadership, and the examples typically point to, well…great leaders.

Yet a whole lot more of us are still striving to get to the great category.  We are still learning to be great leaders or are new to leadership roles.

Linda Hill explains, “…The process of becoming a leader is an arduous, albeit rewarding, journey…The initial test along the path is so fundamental that we often overlook it: becoming a boss for the first time…Shelves are lined with books describing effective and successful leaders. But very few address the challenges of learning to lead, especially for the first-time manager.

“Organizations suffer considerable human and financial costs when a person who has been promoted because of strong individual performance and qualifications fails to adjust successfully to management responsibilities.”

Whether you’re the new boss, you work for the new boss or you’re the boss of the new boss, this view of the beginnings of leadership offers real-world insights and ideas.

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