Today I’m gonna present you the 10 tips from successful leaders to newcomers.
I am a Mentor for dual students (special education program in Germany). Recently, I interviewed a couple of Senior Managers. Every one of them leads big departments. They all started from where you are today, as a newcomer.
I asked them: „What is your No. 1 advice to my mentees for personal and professional success?”
I structured the outcome and created a Top 10 list for success for you. I added some of the statements to the list.
Most of the tips I follow already – which gave me confidence, that I’m on the right path :-). If you follow these tips as well, I’m sure, you will make career and you will be personally successful.
10 Tips From Successful Leaders To Newcomers
- Meet people & stay in touch
- You grow through your relationships to others
- Create a network where you can share honest thoughts
- When you promise something, deliver it on time
- This shows reliability
- It builds confidence and trust in you (I delegate to him and I know he will do it)
- Also, promotion comes if you deliver
- Many (young) people change jobs to fast one of the managers said
- Take your time
- Take your time to develop and deliver your “baby” (a project, solution etc. that you stand behind, that you are really committed to)
- Think about: For what you want to be remembered for?
- Think about: what did I leave / create in all my jobs?
4. Produce Value
- Do something where you, you personally, have the feeling to create value
- Then you do it with enthusiasm
5. Go the extra mile
- Don’t stand in the corner shy and do only what you are asked for, do more
6. Don’t go against your values
- Define your values for you
- Stick to them
- Do this from the start
- Don’t get into the rat race (if you do, it will be very difficult)
7. Understand the end-to-end process
- When you are new somewhere understand the end-to-end process of what your company and your department are doing
- Gives you the background knowledge you need to understand why people think and argument as they do
- Listen to people, to what they say and to what they do not say
- Read the unspoken
- When you listen you learn
- Take the opportunity to travel the sites of your company
- Travel the world
- To learn about the different cultures and values of the people
- You can influence them better afterward
- Standing still is not an option
- Constantly take new challenges and opportunities, deliver, and take the next one
- This is what they all recommended to me. The top 3 were similar from everyone. The rest differed a bit.
I put this list together as an orientation. Personally, I use it to create my goals. I regularly ask myself: Do I follow these advises? Which one not? How can I improve
For me, Richard Branson has also a great list of tips for success which I like very much.
While writing this article I found this interesting list from lifehack.org.
Last but not least I found a nice collection of Bill Gates tips for success on the internet.
Please feel free to use this list as a reference or let me know your experience. Did you ask your managers already what they recommend to you as a newcomer?
What do they recommend to you to become personal and professionally successful? Every manager I know is open to this question. It is also a good chance to get in touch and extend your network.