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Building a hard-working team is the most important task for new executives

Building an industrious team has been identified as the most important challenge for those newly appointed in an executive role.

In a survey of 50 chief executives by leadership consultancy First100, 24 per cent of respondents said that building a hard-working team was the most important goal to achieve during the first 100 days of a new job.

According to, executing strategy (22 per cent), changing to a different industry (18 per cent) and understanding the context of their role (12 per cent) were also cited as important tasks.

These tasks could be seen as even more crucial for those in interim executive jobs, where the need to hit the ground running is arguably even greater.

According to, navigating the culture was regarded as the most difficult challenge in a new executive role. 58 per cent of respondents identified this as a hard task, whilst 22 per cent believed that building trust was the most challenging goal. Strategic thinking was identified as the greatest strength of a leader by 30 per cent of those questioned in the poll.

Reacting to the results, First100 founder Niamh O'Keeffe was keen to point out the importance of making an impact from the very beginning of a new executive role. 

"Failure to optimise the first 100 days results in a lost opportunity for the leader, resulting in losses for the inherited team and the organisation as a whole," she said.

Posted: 29 November 2012 15:12:00
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