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Which is a bigger challenge for you?

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SmartPulse — our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Leadership — tracks feedback from more than 170,000 business leaders. We run the poll question each Tuesday in our e-newsletter.

Last week, we asked: Which is a bigger challenge for you?

  • Getting a new boss: 60.23%
  • Being the new boss: 39.77%

It’s hard to adjust. Getting a new boss is tough (so sayeth the majority of you). None of us likes change or unpredictable situations. It would be nice if new bosses could simply tell us exactly what they stood for as a leader to remove some of the ambiguity. Correspondingly, when you are the new boss, realize that 60% of folks out there aren’t too keen on how you’re changing their world. You, too, might want to clearly and concisely define who you are, your standards and your expectations. It can make things run a lot more smoothly a lot faster.

Mike Figliuolo is managing director of thoughtLEADERS and author of “One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership.”