Why do people typically get promoted to leadership positions … besides having the right connections?
They get the job done.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re talking about an expert who does a great job of handling her assignments or a member of a team who stands out as a solid performer.
And what typically accounts for the good results these folks have achieved?
They worked hard, and maybe more than anything, they sweated the details. They crossed the t’s and dotted the I’s. They were meticulous. They were smart, fully engaged and “owned” their work. You could count on them.
So, they got promoted.
But now, “getting the job done” is no longer about their direct contributions. It’s far more about what they’re able to help their team achieve.
That requires an almost completely different mindset and set of skills.