You’re probably familiar with the phrase “what got you here won’t get you there.” This means that the perspectives, skill sets, relational networks and time management practices that helped you become successful in your former role are probably inadequate to meet the new demands you now face.
This week the executive team on which I serve is hosting a New Global Leader Orientation for 30 men and women who are experiencing their first year of global leadership in our organization. For example, John went from highly fruitful decade in one country to being responsible for an additional 19 countries. That’s 20x. And that’s fairly normal for most people in the room. And they still have the same 168 hours each week to get the job done.
Andrea, our VP for Leadership Development, highlighted a number of the tensions we face when we accept the challenge to greater scope of responsibility.
If you’re making such a move, here are some tensions that you may deal with:
- Moving from “we” to a “they”
- Scope vs. Focus
- Immediate impact vs. Intentional change over time
- Unity vs. Diversity
- Simplicity vs. Complexity
- One culture vs. Many Cultures
- Face to face meetings vs. Online meetings
- Single language vs. Multilingual work environment
- Global standards vs. Local flexibility
- Trust built through personal presence vs. Leading over distance
- Controlling my schedule vs. Serving others in their time zones
- Being the expert vs. Relying on others’ local expertise
- Leading alone vs. Sharing leadership
If you’ve made the leap to greater scope, what got you here probably won’t be sufficient to take you to the next level of success.
What has helped you learn to lead 10x bigger?