Assuming a new leadership role can be daunting. Serving in a managerial role one day and a leadership role the next without receiving the “memo” of what leadership looks like is really a recipe for disaster.
If you want to lead, you can’t only be good at the job you already do. Start brushing up on your leadership skills right now. Facebook wouldn’t be Facebook had Mark Zuckerberg decided to stay a programmer.
A lot of ink has been spilled on people’s opinions of what makes for a great leader. As a scientist, I like to turn to the data. In 2009, James Zenger published a fascinating survey of 60,000 employees