Five factors of success for transition
Regardless of the situation, we teach our clients the five factors of success in effective transition making. The first is to have a clear vision. This provides both confidence and a sense of purpose, and brings clarity to the leader in terms of strategic decision making.
This requires quite a bit of reflection, but leaders need to become comfortable in devoting more time to strategic thinking and less to “activity”.
The second factor is about having no fear. While there are many aspects crucial to your success that are outside your control, one thing you can manage is your level of confidence. This can be done by taking care of your energy levels and overall physical health, and also by reminding yourself that ‘fear thoughts’ are imaginary and counter-productive.
The third is all about practising patience and resilience. Effective leadership performance recognises that untimely obstacles and unforeseen circumstances can get in the way, but that staying calm and focused is the means by which these are overcome.
Fourthly, we stress to our clients that they must be a fast learner. The honeymoon period of bedding in to a new role no longer exists, and it is dangerous to think otherwise. Judgments about your capacity as a leader will be made early, so assess what you need to learn about your role and devote the time to developing your knowledge and skills base.