40% of new leaders fail in their first eighteen months. Those that take their onboarding seriously, get a head start, manage their message and build their team in time to make the most of their first 100-days do dramatically better than those that just apply the way they’ve always led to their new situations. In any case, new leaders’ first 100-days are just the beginning. They have to keep building, evolving their leadership, practices and culture to deliver results going forward.

Transitions are fraught with risk. Leaders start with imperfect information. Some things work better than expected. Some things turn out to be harder or more complicated or in worse shape than expected. New leaders can’t control that.

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