Starting a new role is exciting. Sometimes imposter syndrome sneaks in - will we be able to make it? Did the hiring manager make a mistake? Do I belong here?
Here are some practices you can use to build more confidence at work and demonstrate your leadership when you are in a new role or new job:
Seek out learning opportunities:
Make time for learning each week - over time, this will decrease but don't be in a rush to "be busy". Take advantage of the learning opportunities that come with the early days of a new role.
You’re in a new role, so there’s plenty to learn. This might involve attending training sessions or workshops, seeking out mentorship or coaching, or simply reading and researching in order to deepen your understanding of your role and industry. Putting aside time to understand your industry, company and team pays off because you understand more about your space and how things get done in your new company culture. By building this knowledge, you’ll feel more confident in your abilities and better equipped to lead.
Build relationships with colleagues:
Relationships are the keystone to leadership. Invest in them early and find your people!
Strong relationships with your colleagues also helps build confidence. Today, we work in complex, matrixes organizations that require allies, partners and collaborators in order to get things done. You’ll want to build relationships so you know how to best contribute and who can help you when the time comes. This might involve reaching out to others for advice or support, collaborating on projects, or simply taking time to get to know your coworkers on a personal level. By creating a network of support early on, you’ll have the right relationships in place to navigate new challenges and build your confidence as a leader.
Take action and be proactive:
Where can you make a difference?
Finally, it's important to be proactive and take action when you’re new. While you’re learning and building relationships, identify opportunities for improvement, speak up and sharing your ideas and perspectives, and test the waters gathering feedback to see where you could take impactful action. By taking action and demonstrating your initiative and drive, you'll build confidence in your abilities and show your colleagues how you lead and deliver.
Remember, you’re in a new role because people see the value, strengths and experience you bring. Activating your superpowers while mapping a new organization and building new relationships is an exciting opportunity to set yourself up for a satisfying new chapter in your career.