How to transition from manager to leader

Business leaders at a meeting
By Suzy Kerton CA

29 August 2017

Are you ready to make the transition from a manager to a leader? Suzy Kerton CA finds out how to take those next steps and start influencing, with Carrie Tucker CA.

Reflecting on the leadership journey of others can be really powerful in understanding your own development as a leader. It also allows you to understand key factors that have influenced the success of others, along with the sacrifices they needed to make.

As part of the MBA personal leadership journey at Imperial College Business School, Suzy spoke to fellow CA Carrie Tucker, CFO of Exploration Capital Ltd. Think about the following questions when challenging yourself for career development.

Advice for someone going into a leadership position for the first time

Carrie highlighted the importance of not rushing into making changes straight away to make your mark in the leadership position. It will be much more effective to take a measured approach and create a clear vision of what you want to achieve as a leader.

Understand the environment by researching and seeking advice from the team.

She also noted that it is important to understand the environment by researching and seeking advice from the team on what happened before. Communication is key and that you should not be afraid of making mistakes, but admit when you do, and ensure they do not happen again.

What are the most important decisions you make as a leader?

Firstly, appointing the right people is the most important decision as a leader, for Carrie. Having the right people is key to the success of every organisation; a leader must make sure they have motivated people and the right people in the right role.

Further, Carrie believes that strategy and execution including communication are key decisions as a leader to ensure that the organisation continues on the right path.

She is passionate about investing in and helping others, which is essential for business leaders.

When do you identify yourself as a leader?

Carrie has always been in leadership roles; as deputy head girl at school, her time as GB Mogul Ski Champion, throughout her time at EY and more recently in her role as CFO of Exploration Capital and Gilo Industries Group.

Although Carrie did not necessarily identify herself as a leader, she discussed how becoming a leader is often something that naturally happens - it is your actions and interactions with others, rather than self-appointment as a leader.

She is passionate about investing in and helping others, which is essential for business leaders. She is a judge for One Young CA and a sponsor for Women for Women International.

Can you name a person who has had a tremendous impact on you as a leader? 

Carrie’s father had a tremendous impact on her as a leader through his hard working nature, which taught her from an early age the importance of a strong work ethic. Further, Margaret Thatcher is an inspiring leader for Carrie as a leader who took a risk and was unique in becoming the first female prime minister.

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