Managers rely on invention and leaders are eager to reinvent. For many managers a career move necessitates progression to a Business Leader, but the shift should be self initiated - start with a mental upgrade, and the role change will follow.
REQUIRES MINDSET CHANGE
The Manager role tends to be more tactical, focused on delivery, execution, managing team productivity, retention etc. The shift to a business leader role involves learning new skills, cultivating new mindsets, and changes in leadership focus.
CREATE A TRANSITION PLAN
Nothing happens without a plan, specially a change which requires shift at multiple levels. Ensure everything on the plan is connected back to the goals and has a direct business purpose, anything added which does not connect back to a goal tends to eventually fall off the list.
KEY MINDSET & SKILL TRANSITIONS
Implement to Enable: Shift focus from just your team’s performance to what would benefit your company as a whole – solve complex organizational problems.
Tactical to Strategic: Transcend from just implementing organizational strategy which impacts your direct function to looking at the larger picture. However, maintain the ability to smoothly dive into the details.
Internal to External: From inward and downward focus to outward and upward focus. Engage your key stakeholders and customers.
Command to Influence: Transition from managing by building circles of power to creating circles of influence. Inspire and mobilize others towards a shared goal.
Arrange to Structure: Finally, transition from alignment of roles and responsibilities to systems, structure, models and design thinking - steps for a business leader to draw the map of the future.