Want to be a leader not a doer? Here are three things to try.

It’s possibly the toughest transition you’ll make in your career: the shift from doing to leading.

If you’ve made a name for yourself as a rock star high performer and are recognized as a high-potential emerging leader, the day will soon come when you’ll have to stop doing everything you’re great at and discard the strengths that got you to where you are today to become an effective leader.

You see, those skills—things like your subject matter expertise, your “just do it” track record of execution, and your ability to take a task and run with it without close supervision—can actually derail you as a manager if you keep trying to accomplish things the way you’ve always done them.

As a leader, it’s no longer your responsibility to “do.” It’s your job to help others do the tasks—and do them well. Leading and doing are polar opposites, and it can be hard to “switch hit” and start swinging in the other direction—but swing you must if you’re ever to be more than just a doer.

Even if you’re not in a management position yet, you can start learning this skill. To give you a head start, here are three things you can learn—and apply—immediately about the transition from doing to leading…

Read my article for The Daily Muse.

Jo Miller

Jo Miller is a globally renowned authority on women’s leadership. She’s dedicated two decades to helping women advance into positions of influence by leveraging their leadership strengths. Based on her work with hundreds of thousands of women, she developed a pragmatic and powerful roadmap that guides women to become the leaders they aspire to be. Jo shares this proven process in her book Woman of Influence: 9 Steps to Build Your Brand, Establish Your Legacy, and Thrive (McGraw Hill, 2019.)

Jo is CEO of leadership development, consulting and research firm Be Leaderly. Learn more about her speaking engagements at www.JoMiller.com and follow @Jo_Miller on Twitter.

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