#9 - What should a new leader do to establish his/her style and make an impact - without rocking the boat?
Did you see our Jossey-Bass March blog series was feautured on Forbes.com today? A big thanks to Steve Denning for the mention and "hello" to all of our new followers! As Steve mentioned, this series is based on news that Jack Griffin, Time Inc.'s CEO, left his post after an extremely short 6-month stint. Be sure to check back in every day as we still have a stellar author line-up of authors yet to share their opinions, including Andy Stefanovich, Seth Kahan, and Jim Kouzes!
"The job of a new leader is to talk often, but to listen far more. Some people will seek to be heard, others will be threatened by change, but all will have something to teach the leader about the organization. A leader creates nothing from whole cloth. Rather, he or she accumulates pieces from across the organization to set a strategy, establish a vision, and align people to a common purpose. Building unity will always remain a cornerstone of leadership."
Gary Burnison is author of No Fear of Failure: Real Stories of How Leaders Deal with Risk and Change (in stores this May). He is CEO of Korn/Ferry International,headquartered in the firm’s Los Angeles office. He is also a member of the firm’s Board of Directors. Leading Korn/Ferry’s transformation as a talent management organization, Burnison spearheads the firm’s evolution as a diversified provider of human capital solutions. Prior to being CEO, he served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer from 2003 to 2007.