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  • Writer's pictureAdil Malia

New Leadership Role - tell or not to tell?

When stepping into a new leadership role, a common dilemma emerges: should you set the tone upfront or allow time for your team to get to know you gradually? There's no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. Some may opt for immediate clarity, defining expectations from the start, while others lean towards a more patient approach, allowing credibility to build over time.


While I personally lean towards the latter, it's essential to note that it is not necessarily the all time best style. Sometimes, being upfront about your style and expectations is the best course of action, rather than the slow-burn approach I typically prefer.


Your reputation precedes you in a new organization due to porus market forces, shaping perceptions of your dominant style and quirks. It's crucial to consider your temperament; if patience isn't your strongest suit, clarifying expectations upfront can prevent misunderstandings and ugly stand-offs.


Ultimately, the choice between immediate clarity and gradual adjustment depends on various factors, including organizational dynamics and previous leadership styles et cetra. Each approach has its merits, so gauging the situation before deciding is key.


Which leadership style resonates with you? Let's discuss in the comments.

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