Virginia at Work: Leading an existing team

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A new leader with an existing team; how to be successful

Local consulting company … “Cortex Leadership Consulting” gets national recognition from Forbes.

The online article, Seven New Onboarding Strategies You’ll see This Year, recognizes the Roanoke business for its advice for companies as they onboard new employees. Advice from Cortex Leadership Consulting CEO, Lynda McNutt Foster, a key factor in successful onboarding includes following up, throughout the process to be sure the new employee is assimilating into the company culture.

For some, as the new employee, you’re also taking on a leadership role. In Virginia at Work, we introduce you to a known leader in the Roanoke Valley who shares advice as he takes on an existing team.

Lee Clark, the newest CEO of the Roanoke Rescue Mission, says, “You are there to listen, to get to know your team.”

He says, as a new leader now is the time to ask questions and really spend time with the people who surround you, be wise and thoughtful about those interactions, and take the time to gain the perspective of those you are charged with leading.

“They know things you can’t know, and they have interactions with people you can’t have. Building that level of trust and interaction and open line of communication is only going to help, I have to believe. Help you make better decisions in the long run, says Clark.”

Clark adds,”We each have our own job description or  title of who we are and what we do within an organization, but there’s more than that, to a person.”

According to a Harvard Business Review article, those first few weeks are critical.

  • It’s important to take the time for you and the staff to “get to know each other.”
  • Show what your stand for. … explain your priorities and what goes into your decisions
  • Clarify goals … make it clear what the team is working toward and how you expect to get there.
  • Keep your door open … over communicating in the early days is better than the alternative

Foster, adds her own advice in this article, 5 Quick Tips for Team Building.

Clark’s final advice include not getting caught up in your own busy-ness, be humble in your approach.

“I don’t know everything and I am not that smart, so to the extent I can ask the right questions and get the right kind of dialogue going, and create the right type of atmosphere for the team, to feel empowered, that we can work together, that we can solve whatever comes at us.

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