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Your first 100 days as a new leader

Donald Trump has signed more executive orders in a week than Obama did in years. His first 100 days as a newly-appointed leader will be closely watched, and they are bound to be ground breaking.

On an obviously lesser scale, newly-appointed leaders in organisations will also be under intense scrutiny. Here’s how you can make sure your first 100 days are just as successful and ground breaking (though hopefully more positively than The Donald’s…)

Know your audience

You have a whole new organisation to understand. Make a conscious effort to acclimatise and listen to your new colleagues – ensure they know that you are as much of a part of the team as they are.

Dwight Mihalicz of Effective Managers backs this up by pointing out: “As anxious as you are to learn about your job, your team is anxious to learn about you as a manager. Never assume that your predecessor had good systems in place for interacting with others”.

Honestly, it’s cliché but one of the best things you can do is make a cuppa and chat with the people you’re going to be surrounded by for the foreseeable future. They need to understand you’re there to strengthen the organisation, not overpower it.

Manage your time

At the beginning of your tenure, set aside a day to get your head together and map out your initial moves. After that, you need to get going on the first stages of your plans. As Niamh O’Keefe confirms in Management Issues, “in today’s economy, shareholders and boards expect their newly appointed leaders to perform even better, even faster.”

Take the opportunity you’ve been given and hit the ground running. Prove that they were right to choose you and ensure you start as you mean to go on: leading the pack quickly and efficiently.

Know your goals inside out, and you’ll achieve them.

Learn your worth

Often in times where we quickly and suddenly have lots of pressure put upon us, we can buckle under the weight of it all. One of the most important attributes you can have during this time is confidence. Changeboard emphasise courage as one of the main factors in your initial success: “A leader will have the courage to put stakes in the ground early on and say: “I don’t have all the answers either, but let’s go there””.

You were chosen to do this job for a reason: from a pool of talent, you were considered the most talented. When you’re under time constraints and social pressures, ensure that you stay levelheaded and aware that you can do this. Don’t be scared to show off your skills, and stand your ground – own your role and make your mark on it!

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