The Leadership Accelerator: The Playbook for Transitioning into Your New Executive Role

  • 2h 58m
  • Ajit Kambil
  • McGraw-Hill
  • 2023

Harness the power of Deloitte’s proven executive transition method to reach?and succeed in?the highest leadership levels of your company

Transitioning to a new C-suite role is exhilarating, challenging, and demanding all at the same time—a unique combination of intense experiences that can be tough to manage, to say the least. The skills and actions you need to succeed during your first year are different from those required after you settle in. If you don’t do it right at the start, you’ll find it that much more difficult to effectively lead your organization for the long term.

Ajit Kambil is the creator and a leader of Deloitte’s program for helping executives like you transition into the very highest levels of your organization. In The Leadership Accelerator, he details the four critical competencies you should master in order to succeed, and he walks you through the process of building your expertise in these key areas:

  • Prioritize and manage time, the only irrecoverable asset for yourself and your organization
  • Manage talent into the right places to deliver measurable results
  • Manage relationships to build social capital and influence other C-suite members to get key agendas executed with the least resistance
  • Drive transformational change in your organization through effective strategies and catalyzing actions

Kambil’s model is based on his extensive research over more than a decade and insights from Deloitte’s Transition Labs, a personalized one-day workshop delivered to over 4,000+ executives. The Leadership Accelerator reveals the research and practices Kambil has undertaken for more than a decade to learn exactly how real leaders have successfully transitioned into high-level roles. Quick, action-oriented chapters conclude with clear takeaways and workout exercises that can help you build your transition leadership muscles and define your transition leadership strategies and work plans.

Start your new position out strategically and lead your new organization to the top of its industry—and build a lasting legacy for yourself.

About the Author

Ajit Kambil, PhD, leads Transition Lab Innovation, the Private Equity Program and CFO Program Research for Executive Accelerators at Deloitte LLP. He is the creator of Deloitte’s Executive Transition Labs and Transition Accelerators. Over 4000 senior executives in the United States have used Transition Labs and Accelerators to navigate their new leadership roles or refresh their leadership strategy.

In this Book

  • Beware the Myth of the First 90 or 100 Days
  • Time, Talent, Relationships, and Transformation
  • Elevating into the C-Suite—The Four Faces of Leadership
  • Hopes, Fears, and Legacy—Set the Context for Your Transition
  • Protect Your Time and Energy
  • Frame, Prioritize, and Elevate
  • Set Goals, Mitigate Risks, Get Resources, and Commit
  • Framing a Transition Talent Agenda
  • Get the Right People in the Right Seats
  • What Do You Recruit For?
  • What Do You Want from Your Team?
  • Recruiting and Engaging Your New Team
  • Your Team Is Your Brand—Express It!
  • Boost Your Team Performance
  • Shaping Your Organization—Configuration, Capabilities, and Capacity
  • Stakeholder Relationships—Four Considerations
  • Elevate Your Communications Program
  • Influencing Stakeholders—Persuade, Trade, or Compel
  • Difficult Relationships—Exit, Voice, Loyalty, or Optionality
  • Frame Strategic and Performance Opportunities
  • Manage Execution Risks
  • Catalyze Cultural Change
  • Sponsor Improved Performance
  • Plan to Succeed
  • Epilogue—Be Smart, Lucky, and Ready for Success
  • Notes