In The First 90 Days, Michael Watkins writes about new leaders making transitions. He says they’re perceived as more credible when they display these characteristics:
- Demanding but able to be satisfied
- Accessible but not too familiar
- Decisive but judicious
- Focused but flexible
- Active without causing commotion
- Willing to make tough calls but humane
Since perceptions are weighted so heavily in people’s minds it’s important to make a good one in a new job or new role. Make this your priority in every initial transition.