7 Do-or-Die Questions to Succeed as the Sudden Leader | #Leadership
by Kate Nasser |
You’ve heard the title before — interim leader or acting manager — which in truth is a sudden leader. The term sudden leader suggests the challenges of being one and the urgency and pressure you may be under as one. Here are 7 questions to ask to decide if you want this position.
Ask These 7 Questions Before Becoming the Sudden Leader
Why Do They Need a SUdden Leader? You may only get the formal answer. Yet if they are closed lipped about the reasons, be suspicious. You may even want to pass on the opportunity.
Why you? Ask why you are being asked to fill the gap. It will give you a grounded feeling in the early days. Moreover, it is can be the foundation for initial discussions with your organization/team. In the worst case, it gives you a chance to decline the offer if they say we can’t find anyone else. And yes this does happen!
What is your primary purpose?
Will your boss want you to:
Be the temporary focal point for well performing organization? or
Establish peace in troubled waters? or
Whip the team into performance shape for the new full-time leader? or
Rebuild the reputation of the organization? or
Discover core problems and make recommendations? or
Stay the course while they decide on new plans for the organization?
What does success look like to your boss? This is not a repeat of question #3. When you ask this question, you will get either additional detail or a shocking contradiction. Either way, it is key to succeeding as the sudden leader.
What Are the Hot Risks? What crises are brewing? Will you and the organization have the tools, experience, and authority to handle them? To succeed as the sudden leader, find the quicksand before you step in it.
May I Speak With the Team Before Deciding on the Offer? It is a reasonable request and often the answer is yes. If you are not from the organization, you will learn critical information. Hearing the views of those you will lead allows you to decide if you are the right one for the job. Also, it gives you information to decide if the compensation is enough given the challenges.
What Happens to Me When My Interim Leadership Position Ends? If you are from within the organization, what happens to you and your career when the full-time leader is selected? Your future picture impacts your present success and the present success impacts your future. Better to know than be surprised later.
And These Questions Are Critical Too
Summary for the Sudden Leader
Sudden leaders often don’t know those they will lead or they know them as peers. They are tapped to fill a gap and thrust without trust into being the sudden leader. They carry the burden of interim status with the urgent challenge of inspiring an unsettled organization or team. Before you say yes to being a sudden leader, prepare yourself with the questions noted above. You won’t be sorry!
From my professional experience to your success,
Kate Nasser, The People Skills Coach™
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