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February 15, 2024 5 Min Read

Set The Stage For Success In Your New Leadership Role

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Starting a new leadership role  can be both exciting and a little bit scary. The initial days set the tone and can impact your long-term success. One approach to ensure a smooth start and establish yourself as a credible leader is to identify and achieve early wins. In this blog, we’ll dig into the importance of these early successes, building credibility and trust, and adapting your management style to the unique dynamics of your new workplace.


The Importance of Early Wins

Early wins are those quick, tangible successes that can be achieved within the first few months of starting a new role. These wins can boost your confidence and create a positive perception with your team and other leaders. They show that you understand the business, can navigate the organizational culture, and are capable of driving positive change.

TaskHuman Coach Yasmina E. Jimenez believes that establishing yourself as an effective leader involves achieving both personal and professional wins. Jimenez advises, “It is wise to establish your leadership in the new organization with early wins, both personal and business ones. This will be a strong stepping stone to build your professional relationships and be considered for upcoming opportunities.”

Coach Yasmina E. Jimenez advises “Because you may not be familiar with the strategic plans of the organization nor your department’s KPIs, it is simpler to establish broad personal and business wins at the onset of your new role.” 


Identify the Right Opportunities

The key to achieving early wins is in identifying the right opportunities. Start by studying the organizational landscape. Understand the company culture, assess the strengths and weaknesses of your team, and identify areas that need immediate attention. Look for projects or processes that can be improved quickly and deliver real results.

Coach Yasmina E. Jimenez encourages individuals to think about personal opportunities as well as professional ones. While many of us are familiar with SMART goals, Coach Jimenez suggests crafting a 30-60-90-day action plan that includes both short-term personal and business goals. By doing so, you can set specific and measurable targets, making it easier to track progress and celebrate milestones along the way. This strategy not only aligns with SMART goal principles but also adds a holistic approach to achieving goals.

Related reading: Transform Your Leadership Through Self-Awareness

Build Credibility and Trust

Building credibility and trust is a gradual process that starts with these early wins. Demonstrating your commitment to the organization’s success is the starting point to building trust with  your team. Your team needs to know that you will do what you say you’re going to do in order to trust you.

Transparency is another crucial element in building credibility. Communicate openly about your intentions, plans, and decisions. Ask for feedback and involve your team in the decision-making whenever possible. This not only fosters a collaborative environment but also demonstrates your willingness to listen and adapt.

Consistency is another key factor. Deliver on your promises and commitments, whether big or small. Be reliable, meet deadlines, and exhibit a strong work ethic. Consistent performance reinforces the trust others have in your abilities. Coach Yasmina E. Jimenez asserts, “Consistency isn’t about avoiding mistakes. Instead, it hinges on your self-leadership—your capacity to persevere while navigating the learning curve and adapting to your evolving role within the organization. It also involves remaining receptive to learning from individuals, irrespective of their hierarchical position or seniority.”


Adapt Your Leadership Style

Every organization has its own unique culture, and what worked in your previous role may not necessarily be effective in your new environment. Successful leaders recognize the need to adapt their leadership style to fit the needs of the organization and their team.

Take the time to observe and understand how things operate in your new workplace. Consider the communication styles, decision-making processes, and expectations. Adjust your approach to align with the existing culture while remaining true to your unique leadership qualities. Be flexible and adapt your leadership style depending on the situation.


Wrap Up

Early wins can significantly impact your credibility as a new leader in the organization. By identifying the right opportunities, building credibility and trust, and adapting your leadership style, you can set the stage for long-term success.

Remember, the goal isn’t just to make a mark for yourself but to contribute positively to the organization’s overall success. As you navigate the first few months on the job, stay open-minded, flexible, and focused on creating a positive and productive work environment. 

Coach Yasmina E. Jimenez advises you to harness the collective wisdom of your new team: ‘’Embrace diverse perspectives, skills, and experiences to foster collaboration and innovation. By tapping into this rich reservoir of knowledge, you contribute not only to your own growth but also to the team’s overall success. Approach this new chapter with an open mind, ready to learn and contribute to the collective brilliance that surrounds you.’’

Book your session with a leadership coach today to set yourself up for success in your new role!


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