Many lessons are learnt on the way to the top. These lessons have been classified into three (3).
- The Politics of the Job. The first lesson is the politics of the job. The individual must learn what should be said, when, how and to whom it must be said. The appropriateness of this activity will define their workplace relationship – those who matter and must be approached delicately, those who count whose support will be mandatory, the reliable allies and the adversaries. When a leader is entrapped by the politics of the job, his journey to the top would be truncated.
- The Practice of the Job. The second lesson the individual must learn is the practice of the job. Success is a practical and articulate pursuit of an end vision in the workplace. It requires real work, focus on predetermined outcome and resource channeling. The beauty of success is such that the leader takes a large chunk of the credit. When the program fails, the leader takes full blames for their inability to deliver agreed service level agreements. The leader must therefore know the short valves that can diminish their success and make failure inevitable.
- The Profession of the Job. The third lesson the leader must learn is the profession of the job. How professional his team/followers are will determine whether he will get to the top and remain there. In many firms, leadership fights are usually dirty, and many adopt unprofessional tactics to undo their opponents. The leader in managing others must understand the workplace political theatrical forces at play and learn to delicately apply a cool headed diplomatic approach in resolving issues, including those of welfare and labour.