Organizations need great leaders.
They need you!
Many product managers want to make the leap to leadership.
They should because they would be great leaders, but something is holding them back. It's time to change that.
Why Product Managers Make Great Leaders
Your influence has increased with each product you've been a part of. Sure, your knowledge has grown, but just as importantly, your network has grown.That is the most powerful foundation effective leaders can have — knowledge and an expanding network they can influence.
That's why you should be a leader.
What's Holding You Back?
What is holding you back is the same for just about every one. It is fear…
- Fear of inadequacy — not being skilled enough,
- Fear of uncertainty — not knowing what will happen,
- Fear of rejection — not making everyone like you, and of course,
- Fear of failure — not being the success you and others expect.
A Born Leader?
There's one more issue we have to address here -- the myth that leaders are born, not made. Some people only look like they have always been leaders. It's not true. They have all dealt with the same fears and learned to overcome them. Which is exactly what you can do.
Leading is a Skill that is Learned
You can learn to be a successful leader. Many others already have. Stop letting what you don't know hold you back. Take action and develop the skills you need. It is easier than you think because your product management experience gives you the foundation for effective leadership.
What You Need to Learn
This truly is simpler than you think. The essential skills leaders need for modern organizations are:
- Communication — the ability to communicate information, ideas, and vision
- Learning agility — the ability to experiment, seek knowledge, and apply what you learn
- Influence — the ability to get others to take action, and
- Self-awareness — the ability to understand your strengths and weaknesses and moderate your reactions to be appropriate for any situation.
Wow — You Already Have 3 of the 4 Skills
As an experienced product manager, you already have three of the four essential skills:
- learning agility, and
Sure you can hone your skills in these areas and we'll help you do that, but you are already 75% of the way towards being a successful leader — a leader organizations badly need.
That leaves self-awareness. For most product managers, that is what holds them back from leadership success. It is also the key to increasing your confidence so you'll know you'll be a great leader.
Apply Deep Dives
This is the third level of the Product Mastery Roadmap.
These are the focused skills you need as an experienced product manager to become a succesful leader.
We are developing the Apply Deep Dives training and it will be available in the future.
Now, we have a free resource to get you started -- the four essential skills product leaders have. Get it below.
Four Essential Skills Product Leaders Have
Four skills that research shows results in faster promotions and a 25% increase in salary on average. Just enter your name and email address.