Today, expert knowledge is so highly valued that we learn to lead first as the expert whose mastery of the details helps teams solve problems. These leaders are admired and respected. This trend goes against the conventional business school training for the “general manager.”
However, as the scope of the leadership role expands, expert leaders find themselves in a role where others know more, details are no longer so accessible and decisions are made without a full understanding. This transition is perhaps the hardest transition of all. Our best experts are unprepared for a different world with different rules. The old ways no longer work. Now what to do?
The show answers this question. Which model suits you and why? Which model is applicable when? How can you develop capability?
One last point, women are typically more comfortable in expertise roles. The avoidance of getting out of the comfort zone partially explains why the glass ceiling hasn’t vanished.
Dr. Wanda Wallace is President and CEO of Leadership Forum, Inc. LFI helps organizations get it and keep it, from leadership and talent to strategic thinking, enabling leaders to deliver better results through better thinking, execution, leadership, teams and diversity.
In her coaching, teaching, facilitating and writing, she emphasizes the challenges of building and sustaining effective relationships at all levels in the global corporate context.
Wanda also focuses on helping women get the roles they want, stick with the organization and thrive, including engaging their managers. This work began with a research project that explored the careers of women in senior-level corporate positions and focused on why these women were leaving corporate life so quickly.
Dr. Wallace has forged close relationships with a number of blue-chip clients. As a consultant and educator who is equally at ease in the distinct worlds of business and education, she has designed a number of highly rated programs that have been enthusiastically received around the world.
She is the author of “Reaching the Top, Factors that Impact the Careers and Retention of Senior Women Leaders” along with two co-authored with Corporate Research Forum entitled “Diversity and Business Performance” (2011) and “Developing and Broadening Specialists” (2012). She is currently working on a forthcoming book: “Out of the Comfort Zone: Navigating the Transition from Expert to Leader.”