The First Stages of Leadership

You can't make changes if you don't understand what needs to be changed.

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In this backstage interview from Leadercast Women 2019, Deshauna Barber, captain for the U.S. Army Reserve and Miss USA 2016, explains why leaders who are new to a position should take their time before making any changes. 

“I believe that as a leader, the first thing that you can do is just observe,” says Deshauna. “Once you finish observing and analyzing, you're then able to make changes based on what you see fit.”

Watch the video to learn more about why you should never be quick to make changes in a new leadership role.

I definitely think that when someone is first stepping into a leadership position, they must observe. Do not make any changes, just observe. When I served in the military and I took my very first command, a peer of mine said, "You're doing too much talking." He's like, "You're trying to change too much and you just walked in the door. You don't understand the atmosphere yet."

So I believe that as a leader, the first thing that you can do is just observe and then once you finish observing and analyzing, you're then able to make changes based on what you see fit. But you can't make changes if you don't understand what needs to be changed.
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Captain Deshauna Barber

Captain Deshauna Barber is a logistics commander in the U.S. Army Reserve. In 2016, Deshauna became the first Miss USA to currently serve in the U.S. military. She spent her yearlong reign partnering with the USO, Smile Train, Best Bu...

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