Trans4mind Home Page
~ A Journey of Self-Discovery ~

Explore Article Library

The Accidental Leader

By Steve Wright

It was never planned, it just happened. After years of enjoying what you do, and consequently doing quite well, your efforts and results have been recognised by management. They asked you to lead a small group and coach up a few other staff to work with you and 'learn from the master'.

While work was still quite enjoyable and some people blossomed under you, others didn't. You were also unaware that your personal output was starting to suffer.

More time passed and continued good performance, along with adequate to good results from your team, as well as possibly length of service, put you in line for more responsibility and a larger team.

Now with five or more people reporting to you, you are having trouble getting to the work you were so good at years ago, let alone excelling at it. A greater proportion of your team are not performing as well as you felt you did. Management seem a little disinterested in your specific work and are talking more about your teams output being not quite what they expected from such a high performer as yourself.

You have become an Accidental Leader. Your excellence in your field has resulted in you moving into people leadership, about which you have little if any training, without you even realising it.

This is an all too common scenario. The Peter Principle is about being promoted one step beyond your abilities due to your adequate performance at the previous level. This issue is more about being given a job in another profession. Medium size business is faltering at the middle management levels where great "doers" are being forced to try and reproduce their output in others, without any of the basic skills needed to do that.

There is no logical reason why someone who is a great developer, graphic designer, fireman or mechanic would have the skills required to replicate the same results from a team of people. Maybe they might be great technical coaches, passing on the experience of the work to a number of other like skilled people, but leading a team is a very different challenge.

At the most basic level, unless every team member is a "mini me" of the leader, what drove them to the success of their job, is not going to work for most of the team.

This is where I have found myself.

How many of you out there feel the same?

The first step for us is to realise we are not inadequate and doomed for failure, and that there are many, many of us. Leading a team to produce what we so enjoyed doing personally, can be infinitely more rewarding if we appreciate that we are still producing the same output, but more of it and better crafted because we have a wider range of skills doing it. Think of it as a different way of creating the same result, but better. We simply have to learn how.

If you consider the underlying drivers that made you good at the hands-on work, you will discover that those same drivers apply in your new leadership role. The passion for the output will be just as applicable in helping you skill up in your new profession as it was with the previous one.

The next step is to accept we need to learn the new profession.

Maybe at some stage you tried a few leadership courses and read some books but, they didn't seem have too much impact. - The difference this time is going to be commitment.

Over the next year, and it will take at least that long to make a good start, I am going to focus on what it takes for me to move from simply being a leader to showing leadership. Of the endless resources available, I am going to endeavour to highlight just the key ones that helped me make the start in the right direction.

This is not about becoming the greatest leader known to man, this is about the basics of a profession that I don't remember choosing to be part of and that about which there is so much information I am struggling to know where to start.

Through building a community of people with the same challenge, sharing our experiences, and learning together, we will not only regain the satisfaction of our previous success, but revel in the exhilaration of the greater team's performance.

Join with me and lets us share this experience together. I have this central site ( that I am starting to collect resources and will be posting experiences and reviews to. I have set out a very basic agenda, but this journey has a different destination for all of us, so expect lots of changes to the path.

Please email me and comment at the blog site ( If you have a specific area or concern you want covered raise it now and let's see if we can build it into the curriculum.

Be brave, be famous.

Cheers Steve

About The Author
Steve Wright

Having found myself suddenly a leader, I have started a journey of ledership discovery, this being an early step. Come join me at


Careers & Employment
Grief & Loss
Kids & Teens
Public Speaking
Self Help
Self Improvement & Motivation
Sexual Relations
Stress Management
Travel and Leisure

From our extensive site, you'll find good info on many topics using this search:

Want to renew your life?

Our online, interactive video workshops present the most effective methods of holistic personal development...
Start off with a Free Life Assessment and a Free Consultation...

Have a question about Trans4mind Training?

Frequently Asked Questions
What Are Our Fees?
Email Peter Shepherd

Support your personal development with these popular and effective hypnosis downloads...

This is our selection of favorites, but there's a session for every need! Choose from over 800 Hypnosis Downloads...
Search now on an issue that interests or concerns you...

Welcome to the New Wave in Meditation Technology

Click here to learn more about the iAwake Profound Meditation Program
The iAwake Profound Meditation Program
is a way of enhancing your meditation practice, making meditation not only easier and more enjoyable, but also more efficient and effective.
Profound Meditation provides the smoothest, deepest, richest, most profound meditation experience available anywhere...
Here is a link to a free 20-minute track from iAwake Technologies - a sample of the type of tools that will deepen your meditation immediately and help you quickly become a successful meditator. It's the opening track of iAwake's flagship product, the Profound Meditation Program, called the iAwake Experience...
Learn More and Download the iAwake Experience
We think you'll find this technology a tremendous aid on your transformative journey of becoming your best and most creative self - and you can get started today!
And here's a fantastic resource for self-education...

The World of Inspiration eLibrary

World of Inspiration
A treasure trove of personal development wisdom

Step inside. Just like a real library, there are thousands of quality eBooks presented on three "floors" and in different "rooms." To purchase your $15 Lifetime Membership to the World of Inspiration eLibrary, click the following button:

Payment is made through our secure transaction agent, PayPal.
The transaction is in the language and currency of your choice.
"I want to just say 'WOW!' This collection is probably the best money I ever spent! I've already received many times over in personal enrichment after just 9 days. I've had a past metaphysical background, but even newcomers to this material will really benefit. Thanks again." ~ J.S. (Pennsylvania, USA)
"The collection is everything which you promised. And more! A superb contribution to the good of the world. Many thanks indeed." ~ R.P. (Georgia, USA)
"Just a short note of thanks for the library. I've only had membership for several days now but I already feel this is perhaps the most interesting compilation I have yet seen. Worth far more than the price of admission. The browser linked structure works well and makes it easy to manage such a large storehouse of information. It is rarely that I find something I like as much as this or that I feel strongly enough to write a note like this." ~ P.W. (Minnesota, USA)
Copyright © 1997-2016 Trans4mind Ltd