DIFFERENCES BETWEEN EMERGING LEADERS AND NATURAL LEADERS
Natural leaders include self-starters like entrepreneurs, self-employed personnel and corporate employees who purposely and conscientiously climb the corporate ladder. They are often described as “decisive, born leaders, confident, ambitious, success-driven, strong and tough.”
Observers don’t usually know how vulnerable this type of leader often feels beneath what appears to be a sturdy shield of armor. The strong, authoritative leader is often criticized as, “The General, over-bearing, opinionated and preoccupied with power and control.” Misinterpretation and negative labeling of strong women leaders in male-dominated industries is especially common.
Natural leaders have remarkable strengths. Their resilient personalities contribute to excellent leadership as long as they discover how to work with other personalities. This is usually an ongoing process because the leader who is a robust early bloomer is often hardwired to charge forward, sometimes impulsively and without preparing other people for their mission.
Natural leaders sometimes need a reminder to pause and reconnect with their innate compassion for other people, especially when they feel stressed or under pressure to perform. It’s essential that a natural leader discover the true definition of “leadership power”.
Legitimate leadership power is the opposite of manipulating other people or forcing them to do what they would not do by choice. Natural leaders must explore how humility and vulnerability are related to authentic inner strength. Another ongoing challenge of many natural leaders is achieving a balanced life and understanding how important that is to the people they lead.
Emerging leaders are often excellent performers who did not originally set a career goal to rise to the top of an organization. They were promoted to a leadership position by their team or members of upper management who valued their performance. An emerging leader’s promotion is often associated with corporate turnover, downsizing or upper management’s need to appoint a person they trust to complete a specific team task.
Many emerging leaders are promoted to leadership positions even though they have no leadership training. In spite of their capabilities, they are often given inadequate resources or support from upper management. Without Emerging Leader Confidence Coaching, most new leaders don’t know how to negotiate for the resources they absolutely must have in order to empower their team members to reach peak performance.
Sometimes, emerging leaders apply for a leadership position because they are so over-qualified for their original position that they become bored about the time a leadership position becomes available. Others are frustrated by the incompetency of their team’s existing leader. Because they want to do the right things for the right reasons, they decide to lead team members from a distress to success. Similar to how a reluctant recruit becomes a war hero, they are awakened by an emerging vision and a professional passion they feel compelled to honor.
HOW TO TRANSFORM EMERGING LEADER INSECURITY INTO CONFIDENCE
During their career transition from emerging leader to a leadership position, emerging leaders who didn’t perceive themselves to be a natural leader often feel anxious and fear failure. Nagging questions plague the consciousness of most emerging leaders, like “Who am I to lead this team? What if my team or upper management discover I’m an imposter!”
How do we address these understandable fears during Emerging Leader Confidence Coaching sessions?
One proven coaching tool that makes emerging leaders breathe a big sigh of relief and exclaim, “I can do this! I can become an exemplary leader, too!” includes the interview material I share from discussions with some of the most well-respected leaders in America. You can imagine how much more confident emerging leaders are when they discover:
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© 2019 Doris Helge, Ph.D. as interviewed on “The Today Show,” CNN and NPR. Certified Master Leadership and Executive Coach Doris Helge is author of bestselling books, including “Joy on the Job,” Doris has helped hundreds of leaders like you meet every challenge you’re facing. Click here to discover the proven tools you need to resolve every challenge.