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7 Keys to Success For Team Members During Leadership Transitions

Team Success

So, a new leader has taken charge of your team. As a team, you could be curious, excited, or anxious, as the case may be.

One crucial thing driving these thoughts in the transition will be how you, as a team member, will make it work for all of you, including the new leader.

As the old maxim goes, 'A leader is only as successful as the team, and the team is only as successful as the leader.'

Leadership transitions can stir waves of change and be unsettling, but they also offer growth opportunities. As a team member, here's how you can navigate this journey effectively and ensure the transition is successful for you, your colleagues, and the new leader.

First, stay open-minded. Embrace new leadership styles and ideas. Change brings fresh perspectives and opportunities for innovation.

Second, communicate. Share your thoughts, concerns, and expectations with your new leader. Transparent communication fosters understanding and trust.

Third, find alignment. Seek to understand the new leader's approach, vision, strategic thought, and execution and find areas of alignment before finding areas of divergence.

Fourth, seek clarity on divergent views objectively. You need not be in alignment with everything a new leader says. It's important to seek clarity on divergent views and objectively put forward your point of view and how it will help the business.

Fifth, support your leader. Your collaboration and cooperation are crucial to each other's success.

Sixth, leverage your strengths. Identify your unique skills and consider how they can contribute to your team's success during this transition.

Lastly, view change as a chance to learn and grow. Adapting to new leadership styles is an opportunity to broaden your skillset.

Action Points for Team Members:

  1. Embrace change with an open mind and an eagerness to learn.

  2. Communicate openly with your new leader, sharing thoughts and expectations.

  3. Find areas of alignment with the leader's approach before finding areas of divergence.

  4. Seek clarity on divergent views. State your point objectively.

  5. Offer your support and cooperation to your leader during the transition.

  6. Identify and leverage your unique strengths to benefit your team.

  7. Embrace change as a chance for personal and professional growth.

Coaching Questions:

  1. What are you open to seeking in the new leader?

  2. What steps could you take to communicate with the new leader effectively?

  3. How can you leverage your unique strengths for team success during the transition?

Connect with me to learn how I can support you or your team to make your leadership transition successful. Book a no-obligation free 30-minute session here.


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