Being an interim or acting manager is often seen as the fast track to getting the full-time job but you don’t have it yet. “It’s a delicate dance,” says Michael Watkins, a cofounder of Genesis Advisers and a professor at IMD Business School.
“You need to behave in a way that shows you are the boss, while simultaneously preparing for the likelihood that you don’t get the role.” Indeed, taking over a temporary role differs from assuming a permanent one. “It involves living with a certain amount of ambiguity,” says Linda Hill, professor at Harvard Business School and coauthor of Being the Boss:
The 3 Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader. Here are some things to consider as you prepare for this new role.
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