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Consult widely, engage all voices and seek out dissenting opinion. Delegate and allow everyone to contribute. Spend time getting to know the landscape before setting the agenda or making major changes.
Notice what’s working well – don’t focus only on ‘change’ and ‘solutions’.
Keep listening and learning, and be willing to ‘unlearn’ if old methods no longer work.
Be aware of your inner voice. Make sure it’s the voice of a friend, shoring you up and supporting you.
Voice self-doubts to a neutral party: an executive coach or a mentor, someone who can cheerlead and support without agenda.
Surround yourself with ‘yes’ people or a tight inner circle.
Be secretive and inaccessible. To align a team around a common vision, they need to be fully involved and understand the agenda.
Think you need to know it all. As CEO you won’t need to know and do everything; you need a team who can.
Confuse confidence with bombast. Some great leaders are introverts, others are extroverts. What matters is that they are authentic.
Be afraid to admit mistakes or say, ‘I don’t know, but I’ll find out.’
Allow all your coping mechanisms and systems to fall away. If you can no longer manage an hour in the gym, can you switch to short bursts of interval training, for example? A personal trainer who comes to your door or a nutritionist who ensures your meal is prepared when you get home? Invest your higher income in some self-care to keep you grounded and able to perform at your best.