As a leader in a new role you are in the spotlight. With your most recent move, you have taken on huge new responsibilities. The organization and nearly everyone in it is watching you to see how well the ‘promising talent’ is doing. Decision makers are anxious to prove that promoting you (and not the other guy) was the right choice. Not only that, but the company cannot afford to lose momentum whilst you are getting up to speed in your new job.
Your desire to create some ‘quick wins’ is understandable. You want to make your mark and repay their trust in you. You want to show them publically that you can do the job. Ultimately, you want your latest promotion to be a step up, not out.
But no matter how much pressure you feel to prove yourself, you may want to “tread lightly at first.
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Tread lightly at first You might be eager to share your ideas about how the team should run and where the business ought to focus, but it’s wise to temper your enthusiasm — especially at the beginning. “There is a tendency to want to come in, plant a flag and say, ‘Hear me roar,’ but there is nothing to be gained by coming in noisy,” says Watkins. And it might rub longtime team members the wrong way. Instead, “sit back and listen. Figure out your role and then decide how and when you will assert yourself.” When you are ready to speak up, “focus on what’s best for the business versus trying to make yourself look good,” says Jen Su. “Your peers will see you have the business’ interests at heart.”