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Lead Your Team in Your First 100 Days by Niamh O'Keeffe

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2 Avoid the leader-as-hero trap

On arrival, remember that you are the leader of a team. You are not a lone hero coming to this situation, like Superman arriving on Earth to save the world. By the very definition of the word ‘leader’, there is a dependency implied that people need to be led – not saved.

Naturally, as newly appointed leader, you would like to impress your team. We all love being put on a pedestal, and being highly regarded by others. Plus your boss hired you and will want to justify his hiring decision to impress his boss and your team, so it is quite likely that he or she has been talking you up before your arrival. For example, I know of one female executive whose hiring manager either deliberately or mistakenly told everyone ...

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