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First published on this website in October 2012 and last updated in September 2018

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Categories: Leadership , Planning


These notes are designed for Ministers taking up a new appointment, although most of the principles adapt easily to other leadership roles too.

There are 16 brief case studies, alternating between a ‘Do’ and a ‘Don’t’. Do’s include:

  • get to know people
  • ask questions
  • identify the gatekeepers
  • learn from the community’s stories.

The ‘Don’ts’ include:

  • try to prove yourself
  • arrive with a fixed plan
  • criticise your predecessor
  • ignore natural grief.


Here is the link to this item: PDF TN70 - Do's and don'ts for a new leader.pdf

Author's notes

These notes were updated in September 2018 with minor alterations throughout the text.