Welcome to Stepping up – Becoming a leader in your team
Hello everyone and welcome to the teaser for the session on becoming a leader in your team. My name is Jason, and I hail from the town of Ottawa, in Canada. I lead our Developer Relations efforts over at Sitecore.
Today, I want to chat with you about that awkward moment when you go from being just another one of the team, to then leading that team.
When you first transition to go from member of the team to leading that same team, usually it is because you demonstrated some sort of expertise. Some sort of “leadership quality“, maybe. Others see it. Maybe you are really opinionated. Maybe you are really passionate about something you believe in. Maybe you’ve shown you can really work up and down the ladder and across departments. Whatever it is, people see that you have “it“. Now they want you to take this on.
Then your teammates start calling you “boss”.
But while you’re doing this it can be tough to give away being the hero, building the thing, saving the day, being that expert. There’s a dopamine hit you get every time you push a task to done. And taking on strategic work, it could take months, it could take quarters, it could take years before you see success from your efforts. So it can be hard to let that go of that other side of the world.
I want to talk to you about the times where I’ve had to go through this transition myself, and hopefully how you can learn from what I went through.