Pivot: Transitioning from an Individual Contributor to a Leadership Role

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This course focuses on the Pivot from being an individual contributor to adopting a leadership role. Expect to question your current skills, consider new ways to work, and understand how to guide a team towards success.

Key Learning Concepts within This Module:

  • Defining success in a team context versus individual success
  • Understanding the difference between accountability and responsibility
  • Ownership and its meaning in a leadership context
  • Mastering the art of delegating tasks efficiently

Understanding Success in a Team Context

Understanding the difference between individual and team success is a fundamental aspect of leadership. It is critical to balance these three elements: your personal success, the success of individual team members, and the success of the team as a whole.

Accountability vs Responsibility

In lesson two, we weigh the difference between having responsibility, implying that you are doing the work, versus being accountable, suggesting that you ensure the work gets done. Adapting to the mindset of being accountable is vital to succeed in a leadership role.

Ownership in Your Leadership Role

Our third lesson digs into the concept of ownership in your new role. What does it mean to own the success of your team or the work that flows through it, including the processes, schedules, and tasks? You won’t be doing all the tasks yourself, so it’s important to understand what you own versus what your team owns.

Delegating Effectively

We conclude this module by focusing on how to delegate tasks effectively. Understanding which pieces of work can be effectively delegated is a significant aspect of your leadership role. Some tasks are easier to delegate than others, and understanding which ones are crucial to delegate is key to effective leadership. We will provide a model to guide you during your initial phases as a leader.

Your Leadership Journey

Becoming a leader doesn’t imply negating your past experiences. It is about honing new skills and expanding your perspective. At the end of this course, you should understand the difference between responsibility and accountability, when and how to delegate, and how to distinguish between team success and individual achievements.

Remember, leadership is an ongoing journey, not a destination. Revisit this module anytime, as your gained experiences and shifted perspectives will always provide fresh insights.

Looking forward to seeing you in the next phase of your leadership journey!

Tutor bio

Andrew Murphy combines his 17 years of professional software engineering experience with a passion for leadership and communication skills. His main focus is on how we can be better technical leaders and developers by focusing on learning the skills most of us ignore – communication and leadership skills.

Originally from the UK but now based in Australia, Andrew has consulted, performed workshops and developed software for clients across the UK, Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

Technology in all its forms is part of his makeup and so he codes, speaks, writes, teaches, makes, games and listens to all things geek.