50% to 70% of executives that step into a new senior position won’t make it to their two-year anniversary, according to the Corporate Executive Board (2020).
Some of these executives fail spectacularly while others quietly struggle. In any case, the effects are devastating to employee engagement and organizational results.
An executive and I recently exchanged our perceptions and experiences working together, as he had asked me to support him and his team at the start of his new role. By all accounts, he and his team were successful and performing well.
I ask him what lessons he learned and what advice he would give an executive stepping into a new senior role. Here’s what he said:
1) Take the time to observe your surroundings, don’t rush to your own conclusions too soon. When you step into a new role, the environment is different and there are good reasons for that. Make sure you understand your surroundings before you act.
2) Make sure that you and your leadership team are aligned with your executive agenda. Take time to ensure clarity, focus and disciplined commitment are present with the team to the overall agenda.
3) Be who you are. Don’t pretend or try to fill the shoes of the leader before you. When you are authentic, people can connect with you and feel they can also be themselves.
Sound advice from an executive in his fresh start.
How do you ensure that fresh start executives become great start executives in their new roles?
©2023 Gary Waters c/o theispot