Moving into a new leadership position often means that you will be charged with leading your friends. That transition from friend to leader is not always easy to navigate, but here are a few things you can do to keep the balance between friendship and leadership.

  • Share expectations early. Be open with your friends about how your responsibilities will change as a leader. Give your friends a chance to voice their concern about how your relationship might change and then find a solution you can both feel good about.
  • Set the tone. Your friends are most likely going to approach your new position by mimicking your own actions and attitudes about your new role. If you take your leadership position seriously, your friends will be more likely to as well.
  • Use your mentor. Your best friend might be your go to for advice, but when it comes to issues around your leadership position it is best to find a new sounding board. There will be things you need to keep confidential so confiding in your mentor rather than your bestie will help you uphold your reputation as a leader.
  • Have fun. As a leader your friends are important to help you de-stress and relax. Continue to rely on your friends for laughter and fun! Being a leader doesn’t mean you can’t also have a good time when you need one.