by Matt Alderton | May 24, 2019
If there's one thing employees hate more than anything else, it's change. Even if you're the best manager in the world, you'll likely face resistance when you're put in charge of a new team.

"When a new CEO arrives at a company, that spiffy new job title alone won't garner him or her that hoped-for respect," author Gadiel Morantes writes in an article for, in which he notes that 70 percent of workers say they don't click with new leaders in whom they lack confidence. "In other words, new CEOs have the unenviable task of proving their worth to their employees, especially if they follow on the heels of a beloved founder."

What's true for new CEOs is true for new leaders at every level of an organization: If you're newly in charge, you'll have to work overtime to win your team over.

The easiest way to earn trust and respect, according to Morantes, is to be transparent. "During any transition, the troops grow restless and appreciate transparency … Make communication your top priority," he says, offering as an example Brad Rencher, executive vice president and general manager of Adobe Experience Cloud. "Brad Rencher learned this lesson when he ascended to a C-suite position at Adobe. When he got there, he quickly realized he wasn't gaining momentum with employees. But Bradchat, Rencher's weekly blog, changed that. The series allowed him to use technology to start meaningful dialogues with others in the organization."

Remember: Ultimately, employees are just looking for a silver lining.

"Just saying ... 'There's a new sheriff in town' doesn't give employees a sense of comfort," Morantes says. "They want proof that their town is safe."

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