Seven Pitfalls of Taking a New Job



People make job transitions every day. Whether you're changing positions, cubicles, locations or careers, the transition can be rough if you're not prepared.

Perhaps one of the hardest transitions to make is that from manager into another leadership position, says Michael Watkins, leadership consultant and author of 'The First 90 Days.' His or her actions in the first few months can determine their overall success or failure on the job, he says.

"Transitions are pivotal, in part because everyone is expecting change," Watkins says. "But they are also periods of great vulnerability for new leaders who lack established working relationships and detailed knowledge of their roles. Those who fail to build momentum during their transition face an uphill battle."

Here are seven common traps new leaders often fall into -- and how to climb your way out.