How should a new leader get out of his predecessor's shadow?
New leaders will face comparisons with predecessors. After a short time these comparisons usually give way to judgements about the leader's performance. Occasionally, the presence of the predecessor continues to be felt. The influence of predecessors can be blatant or subtle; positive or negative. A new leader must learn to manage this presence. As a new incumbent in a leadership role, you should state within a reasonable period of time what will remain the same as before and what will change. Believe in your employees and build the new network of your relationships in the company. Be open to criticism and always take feedback from your employees and customers as this provides new ideas, which you can always incorporate in the business. (Harkirat Singh, MD, Woodland.)