The first 30 days as a new leader are critical. Though these early days are packed with stress and obligations, there are a few strategies that can be followed to ensure an impactful beginning to your role.
- Control pace and space: Prioritize what is most important and create space in your schedule by insisting on clear agendas and understanding long-term goals take time.
- Take time to learn: Understand what the team needs and work with them, rather than attempting to bend the organization to you. Prioritize listening to and working with your colleagues.
- Integrate the team’s best ideas with your own: Use specific exercises to understand your team as a new leader.
- Without the leader in the room, the team shares their expectations, concerns and goals, then, the leader re-joins to clarify and understand each of these topics.
By using these strategies, the transition from new addition to trusted leader can be accelerated.