Success strategies for new leaders

Success strategies for new leaders

"Transitions are periods of opportunity, a chance to refresh and make much needed changes in an organisation. But they are also periods of acute vulnerability, because you lack established working relationships and a detailed understanding of your new role. If you fail to build momentum during your transition, you will face an uphill battle from that point forward."

Michael Watkins, The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at All Levels

Take some time out to build your 90 days plan and prepare for your leadership transition.

  Check the hints and tips section for practical input to your conversations.

Keep in mind


Match the tool to the task

Related policies and links

Further reading

  • Really managing health care, Valerie Isles (2006)
  • Leadership in healthcare, Jill Barr and Lesley Dowding (2012)
  • Effective strategic leadership, John Adair (2011)
  • The first 90 days, Michael Watkins (2013)

Hints and tips for conversations

  • Your previous manager can be very helpful in supporting you in your new role. They understand your strengths and weaknesses, and probably have some ideas of how to help you succeed.
  • Make sure your team understands your plan.
  • Set fair and achievable expectations for your staff, which are consistent with their roles.
  • When someone comes to you with a problem, don't provide a solution. Help them arrive at the solution themselves.

Designed and developed for the London Leadership Academy by Heather Schoenheimer Consulting, in conjunction with the Royal Free London Foundation Trust OD Department