Making the transition to C-level can be daunting, but it is a great move for your career if you think you’re ready for it. It’s important to be well-prepared for such a major transition, otherwise, it can be difficult to adapt, not just for you, but also for the wider organisation. That’s why we’ve put together this post, with our top tips for preparing for your C-level promotion.
By David Lawrence |
As a new executive, you should be prepared to take on any new challenges that come your way, and you should do so with some level of enthusiasm. Nobody wants an executive who is cowed by a major challenge, so even if something seems overwhelming, be sure to tackle it in an appropriate manner, and try and remain enthusiastic and calm about the upcoming obstacle. Being proactive about combatting challenges is a key leadership skill, and will highlight you as being appropriate for the C-level.
Focus on communication
Another key way of preparing for the C-level is to understand you'll be asked to make tough decisions. These decisions may not always be popular, but it is important that you try and make sure your team understand why you have had to make them. Strong communication is a key skill for any executive, so as well as preparing yourself for having to make tough decisions, make sure you also understand what is the best way to communicate those decisions to your team, as you want to maintain their respect.
Learn more about your organisation
Our third and final tip for preparing yourself for your C-level promotion is to be absolutely certain that you understand the organisational culture. In your role as an executive, you will be expected to set the tone for your team, and this will need to be in sync with the organisation's culture, so make sure you have a clear understanding of it before you ascend to your new role. Remember that culture can be hard to change, so don’t get too put down if you can’t make any desired changes instantaneously.
We hope these tips help to calm your nerves before your big promotion. We are sure that as long as you believe in yourself and establish a respectful relationship with your team, you will love your new role.