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4 Ways to Be a Great New Leader

Being a good leader is hard enough, but when a change in supervision happens it can throw your organization for a loop. The new boss on the block comes with changes in the protocol, which will occasion professional adjustments to adapt to the new arrangement. However, with proper preparation, it shouldn’t bring any negative impacts to the running of the business and employees’ careers. Here are some useful tips to help you adjust faster and establish a perfect working relationship with your new boss and leader: Establish a Fresh First Impression Getting a new leader gives you an opportunity to establish a new first impression in the workplace and begin a new page of managing your career. The common practice to carry out an overall introduction of team players from every department or section, but a personalized introduction to individuals behind each task goes a long way in forming a clear working relationship. Fulfill your duties with zeal for the new boss to have a feel of the relevance of your function. Throw in an extra hour or two to prove your dedication. Do some Homework Dig out as much information as you can about your new manager before he/she reports. A good place to start is their LinkedIn profile where you can find clues on their professional background. Google their names and find out any tidbits. Even knowing something about your boss’s personal life and family engagements can give you some glimpse on any similarities you share in terms of likes, dislikes, cultural inclinations, and so on. This helps to avert any misunderstandings as colleagues. Be Proactive Take the initiative to schedule a meeting with your new boss during the first weeks to have a detailed discussion of goals and responsibilities you will achieve as a team. A common mistake people make is by staying numb until their boss reaches out to them. A good manager will probably reach out, but others may not. Take time to understand their preferences and preferred mode of doing things to hit the road on the right footing. Any sensible manager will not come in guns blazing. They will take their time to establish their preferences and working methodologies. So, don’t be too quick to judge! Be Flexible Probably you’re a senior employee and you’ve adapted one system of doing things that work best for you. When there’s a new boss on the block, it’s time to unstuck. Never tell off your boss that this is the way you’ve always done things. New managers will always come with new ideas and it makes sense to listen and adapt. If you must suggest a methodology, do so informally as opposed to giving directions. Final Verdict Ultimately, it’s your duty to be receptive to the new manager and his/her ways of doing things. Your attitude should focus on recognizing that the boss has the expertise and skills to make the organization better. Manage your expectations and align your goals with those of your new boss to establish the best working relationship.