How to take the lead in a new company

When a professional assumes a large executive position from one day to the next, he or she must quickly learn what to do and what not to do in his or her new position. According to experts, the adjustment time can take up to 90 days.

However, there are subtle and difficult things to visualize and learn. One of the most important has to do with people: don’t expect them to come to you; they want to be seen and recognized. So, walk around the office, introduce yourself and ask questions. It may seem strange at first, but getting to know the employees is an essential first step in building credibility.

Now, if the reception is not as expected, do not be discouraged, because it is quite logical that the simple fact of the change of boss causes instability or insecurity in the team, it is not something personal.

Likewise, the newcomer’s attention will be focused on the new team, but one must not forget to see “the whole”; that is, to achieve the goals, one must be sure to understand that the functions of each member of the group are aligned with the organization’s mission and strategy. Sharing this with employees will make them contribute to their work, because the connection between them will be greater and they will make better decisions. So, how to overcome that initial shock? Here are 4 tips:

  1. Celebrate achievements: ask each member of the group what he or she is most proud of having done so far. The answers will teach you about what makes the team strong. Celebrate their accomplishments and give thanks.
  2. Understand the culture: No one likes to hear that their culture is wrong, even if it is true. Changes cannot be announced and made on day one. And if they are made in the short term, they must be communicated in the right way, building trust.
  3. Roll up your sleeves: do not hesitate to help the group that is under pressure in a project with a tight deadline. Guide them to make important decisions and set an example. The most powerful leaders are ethical, honest, collaborative, creative, empowered, innovative, dedicated and trustworthy.
  4. Get things done: For employees to believe what their new boss tells them and trust his or her judgment, they need to respect him or her professionally. This means someone with proven skills and capabilities, someone with the knowledge required for the position.

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