The first 90 days of transition in a new role are essential for a new leader to secure long term success. In this time period, new leaders should strive to make a positive first impression on their employees and bosses by learning and understand the organization’s challenges and clearly defining goals, expectations, and visions for success. Taking this time to listen, learn, and understand the organization and its employees will help the new leader achieve early wins, form a bond of trust with their employees, and build up positive momentum that will set them up for long term success.
About the Author
Michael D. Watkins is a Canadian author and leading expert on accelerating transitions. He is the author of The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at all Levels and Your Next Move: The Leader's Guide to Successfully Navigating Major Career Transitions. He has worked as a professor at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, the Harvard Business School, and INSEAD in France. He is the Professional of Leadership and Organizational Change at the International Institute for Management Development in Switzerland. He has also written for the Harvard Business Review.