Bosses come and bosses go.
Even when we’re a boss, we have our own boss or bosses we need to manage.
One of the more difficult boss-related transitions for leaders is dealing with a new boss.
Like most changes in our lives, getting a new boss can be disruptive.
We are faced with stepping back and recalibrating an important relationship we’ve already taken time to establish with our outgoing boss.
Too often, we turn into a BOSS-STRICH when confronting a new boss. We put our head in the sand and hope this too shall pass.
There are more productive ways to lead in the face of a new boss.
Spend time establishing a positive relationship with your new boss.
Offer assistance in connecting them to others they may need to know to come up their own learning curve.
Share the abundance of your organizational knowledge with them.
Discuss expectations and how they might be different from the expectations you’re currently operating under.
Adapt to the working style preferences of your new boss after sharing your own preferences and finding a way to coordinate.
Determine the objectives and priorities of your new boss and discover how you can best support his or her achievement of these important goals.
Finally, have the back of your new boss. Advocate for them and support them publicly as well as privately.
We can learn from every boss we work with. Some of the lessons teach us what we want to incorporate into our own experiences leading others, while some of the lessons expose us to ways we don’t choose to emulate.
The one sure way to fail in our leadership is to simply avoid dealing with a new boss and turning ourselves into a BOSS-STRICH.