In July CCL hosted an online contest called “What Matters Most” which consisted of a weekly discussion question focused on what matters most to today’s leaders. Each answer earned an entry to win a weekly prize. Our most popular question of the four weeks was this:

We received some very creative and pertinent answers to this question, so we decided to put them into a video to show the world!  A big thank you to all who participated!  Feel free to share it with new managers in your organization!

Give us your advice to first-time leaders in the comments below!

64 thoughts on “Advice to First-Time Leaders – in Only 6 Words!

  1. Gwen DuBois-Wing says:

    Be humble. Listen, listen, listen.

    1. Christy Brown Grove says:

      Good one, Gwen! Listening is SO crucial!

  2. Gwen DuBois-Wing says:

    Be humble. Listen, listen, listen.

    1. Christy Brown Grove says:

      Good one, Gwen! Listening is SO crucial!

  3. Projects need Managing; People need Leaders

    1. Christy Brown Grove says:

      That’s very important to remember, Marquita!

  4. Projects need Managing; People need Leaders

    1. Christy Brown Grove says:

      That’s very important to remember, Marquita!

  5. Thank you Christy for this post! I love using Hemingway’s 6 word memoir as a personal introduction to the leadership work I do. I like this twist on the idea. I might reframe this question to “6 words of advice for stepping into your leadership”. I believe that we are all leaders and it is a matter of embracing the leadership within. Leadership isn’t a starting point or a moment of time, i.e. being a “first-time leader”. From that perspective, I would offer the following 6 words: You’re Great, Share Greatness, Build Greatness!

    1. Christy Brown Grove says:

      Thanks, Mary. I love this! Yes, at CCL we like to say “Leadership is not a position. It’s a process.” We can all lead from anywhere.

  6. Thank you Christy for this post! I love using Hemingway’s 6 word memoir as a personal introduction to the leadership work I do. I like this twist on the idea. I might reframe this question to “6 words of advice for stepping into your leadership”. I believe that we are all leaders and it is a matter of embracing the leadership within. Leadership isn’t a starting point or a moment of time, i.e. being a “first-time leader”. From that perspective, I would offer the following 6 words: You’re Great, Share Greatness, Build Greatness!

    1. Christy Brown Grove says:

      Thanks, Mary. I love this! Yes, at CCL we like to say “Leadership is not a position. It’s a process.” We can all lead from anywhere.

  7. heidi geller says:

    Always be open to learning more.

    1. Christy Brown Grove says:

      Thank you, Heidi. No matter how far up the “ladder” we move, we must never stop looking for learning opportunities.

  8. heidi geller says:

    Always be open to learning more.

    1. Christy Brown Grove says:

      Thank you, Heidi. No matter how far up the “ladder” we move, we must never stop looking for learning opportunities.

  9. Nate says:

    Consistently increase the vision of others.

    1. Christy Brown Grove says:

      Love it!

  10. Nate says:

    Consistently increase the vision of others.

    1. Christy Brown Grove says:

      Love it!

  11. Awareness

    Balance

    Performance

    Growth

    Satisfaction

    Well-being

    1. Christy Brown Grove says:

      All very important! Thanks for sharing, Jeffrey!

  12. Awareness

    Balance

    Performance

    Growth

    Satisfaction

    Well-being

    1. Christy Brown Grove says:

      All very important! Thanks for sharing, Jeffrey!

  13. Kelly says:

    Make followers feel safe, secure, significant

    1. Christy Brown Grove says:

      Fantastic! Thanks, Kelly!

  14. Kelly says:

    Make followers feel safe, secure, significant

    1. Christy Brown Grove says:

      Fantastic! Thanks, Kelly!

  15. Cindy says:

    See every problem as an opportunity.

    1. Christy Brown Grove says:

      Great one! Thanks, Cindy!

  16. Cindy says:

    See every problem as an opportunity.

    1. Christy Brown Grove says:

      Great one! Thanks, Cindy!

  17. Julia Lanham says:

    You do good…You get good!

    1. Christy Brown Grove says:

      That is a true story!

  18. Julia Lanham says:

    You do good…You get good!

    1. Christy Brown Grove says:

      That is a true story!

  19. magdalene says:

    Best Leaders always Walk the Talk

  20. magdalene says:

    Best Leaders always Walk the Talk

  21. Anne Whitaker says:

    Find a mentor. Later, become one.

  22. Anne Whitaker says:

    Find a mentor. Later, become one.

  23. Carrie says:

    Educate. Equip. Encourage.Then Exit! (Get out of their way)

  24. Carrie says:

    Educate. Equip. Encourage.Then Exit! (Get out of their way)

  25. It’s your job to create meaning.

  26. It’s your job to create meaning.

  27. Mark Hinderliter says:

    Job one: help people be successful.

  28. Mark Hinderliter says:

    Job one: help people be successful.

  29. willie says:

    …my initial thought:

    ALL WAYS …centered, courageous, compassionate, trustworthy

  30. willie says:

    …my initial thought:

    ALL WAYS …centered, courageous, compassionate, trustworthy

  31. Patty Payette says:

    Find your blend: head, heart, gut.

  32. Patty Payette says:

    Find your blend: head, heart, gut.

  33. Brian says:

    Be Right. Be confident. Take charge.

  34. Brian says:

    Be Right. Be confident. Take charge.

  35. Love, Listen, Learn, Communicate, Course-correct, Repeat

  36. Love, Listen, Learn, Communicate, Course-correct, Repeat

  37. CLK says:

    Smile and say “Good Job” frequently.

  38. CLK says:

    Smile and say “Good Job” frequently.

  39. Bob Stewart says:

    First, always care for your people

  40. Bob Stewart says:

    First, always care for your people

  41. Madeline says:

    Lead with pure abandon for control.

  42. Madeline says:

    Lead with pure abandon for control.

  43. Meagan schmidt says:

    bring out the best in others

    Or

    Build engagement and capability in employees

  44. Meagan schmidt says:

    bring out the best in others

    Or

    Build engagement and capability in employees

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