New Leadership Is Affecting My Job Security in a Position

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Dear Nikki,

My team has a new director and now I don't understand my role and have been told my role may change into something else. I'm not in fear of losing my job but I am worried I will be looking again for a new role. I just feel bad because I have only been with my company for 2 almost three months and we are a whole new team.




New leadership always means new directives and ultimately change for everyone that reports into that new leader.  This new leader was brought in because there was some sort of deficiency in his or her predecessor. 

A change in direction, or in this case, Director, is a good thing.  It means that progress is likely coming.  You'll want to be included in that change in the right direction initiative. 

Be flexible and ASK QUESTIONS.  Be clear on the new expectations and how to get the desired results.  Ask for feedback regularly, until you've hit your stride and are comfortable with what's expected of you.

The good news is, since everything is changing you're not the only one that needs clarity on what the expect. 

The key here is to ADAPT. This is a skill-set that no one can teach you, but something that will help you grow within your career. Try to make things work within this role, under the new management.  Working within a changing environment will equip you within your career, because as companies continue to get smarter about how they run their business, changes in leadership will continue to happen.

Keep your head down and stay focused on the job. Don't get caught up in the underlying feelings that people around you may be feeling. Whenever companies change leaders, people tend to fear for their job security. Don't pay attention to that, unless you're starting to see signs about your own position.

Don't worry! Ask questions and seek feedback regularly. You've got this!

Nikki Davis

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