Four Warnings for New Leaders I was only 25 the first time I became an official leader.  My title was Branch Manager at an employment agency where I was responsible for the branch’s daily operations, P&L and its five employees.  Yet no formal team leadership training was provided.  I was simply let loose to lead these employees in driving a profitable branch. Fast forward nearly 15 years later to my most recent leadership position and I can confidently share that I didn’t know what the hell I was doing back then!  I did many things well, but for every one success there was an equal amount, if not more, failures. These successes and failures served as learning for my improved performance and perhaps my four warnings will serve in helping new managers shorten their learning curve in order to experience success earlier than I did. 1.  It’s not about you. Determined to excel as a newly promoted manager, I focused more than the fair share of my attentio ...

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