Organizational structure, norms, values, culture, etc., all have an impact on a leader’s success. Consider the new or advancing leader. Such a leader is expected to learn how to effectively perform all of the important administrative and professional/technical tasks. In addition, the leader needs to master the necessary social skills associated with early effectiveness in the new position. Below are 10 “sociopolitical” categories which may influence a transitioning leader’s early (and enduring) effectiveness. These include, in no particular order, the ability to:
- enter into an established leader/employee “network.”
- sense, as well as use, appropriate communication; influence behaviors.
- sense and appropriately act on keen organizational norms.
- become aware of, and sensitively interact with, organizational “blockers” and “enablers.”
- build political bridges by identifying and relating to key formal/informal power sources.
- become known as a “go-to/can-do” individual.
- be perceived as a “team player.”
- sense key organizational issues upon which to create early vision, initiatives, and value.
- identify and appropriately respond to the requirements of superiors/peers/subordinates.
- be perceived as having organizationally appropriate ethics, values, and beliefs.
Week 2 Discussion Question:
In your view, how important to your enduring success in the job are your early efforts in a new leadership role? Presuming you already have practiced some or all of the 10 items, how did you learn to do so?