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New Leader on the Block! Creating a Culture of Trust

When you first take on a leadership role, particularly if it is your first role, the emotions can range from excitement to dread and everything in between.

It is usual for a new leader to take some time to create a unique leadership style, and to build trust in leadership ultimately possibly changing the work culture that was already in place prior.

While change is a constant, sometimes people are hesitant or skeptical to change especially in a work environment. You may have prepared for the role and you have worked hard to achieve this success in your chosen career, but with responsibility comes accountability especially in transforming employees from hesitant to buying in.

Here are a few simple steps that will be useful in helping your staff with the inevitable new team dynamics that result from leadership changes:

Have Clear Vision

Have a strong personal vision that is in harmony with the mission and strategic plan of the organization. The vision should be inspiring enough that it drives you even in the down times, to have a clear view of what you want your leadership to achieve for the good of the organization.

Promote Open Communication

Proactively encourage a communication system within the organization that will ensure that dialogue happens from the top down as well as from the bottom up. Open communication is essential to the development of trust and transparency among all team members.

Create Support

Surround yourself with people who can be a support network, both within the organization and external to it. This network will provide you with advice and be a sounding board for the difficult decisions.  

Acknowledge Success of Others

Prioritize the achievement of loyalty and trust with influential colleagues and other stakeholders to ensure their support as you evolve into your new role.

Validate Small Wins Too

Ensure you focus on small successes to increase staff confidence. Staff will potentially have their own uncertainties about the effect of changes in leadership. Strong and successful team dynamics that are rewarded will help bond the new long team together.


As a new leader, you may feel like everyone is watching and judging your every action and commenting on your every decision.

It is normal to feel vulnerable and to prefer to discover your own unique distinctive leadership style.

Over time, you like your predecessors, can and will feel comfortable leadership role you find yourself in. These things will take time to implement.

Leadership is about building trust and confidence that can take time to establish. With consistent intention and using these simple tips, you can gain the comradery of your teams and key stakeholders.

When you do, you embrace possibilities!


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