Kathy Bloomgarden, CEO of Ruder Finn
Courtesy of Ruder Finn, Inc.
By Kathy Bloomgarden
October 7, 2015

MPW Insider is an online community where the biggest names in business and beyond answer timely career and leadership questions. Today’s answer for: How do you handle a management shakeup? is written by Kathy Bloomgarden, CEO of Ruder Finn.

A shakeup in upper management makes everyone uneasy, bringing insecurities and feelings of instability amongst staff. These leadership transitions can be emotional. Usually it will take some time for the dust to settle and the new leadership to set their path, all of which can feel very volatile. It‘s natural to consider whether this is the right time to leave or look for other opportunities. Here are couple of questions you can ask yourself that will help determine the best way for you to navigate this situation.

Find career fulfillment
Our work lives take up a majority of our time and thoughts. When contemplating potential career moves during times of uncertainty, take a step back and ask yourself: do you enjoy your job and experience fulfillment from the purpose of the company? If the answer is yes, then you are probably in the right spot. Brave it out, and seek additional opportunities that can help you achieve your career goals as your company sets on a new path.

See also: 5 ways to win over your new boss

Drive change
Is there an opportunity for you to make a big difference during this time of change? While change presents challenges, it’s also a time to significantly grow and stand out. There will be lots of challenges, and those that help smooth the way ensure goals are met; providing calm and balance that is greatly appreciated. Don’t get caught in the emotional ups and downs. Focus on helping your team deliver and everyone will benefit — giving you a chance to rise up in the ranks.

Shift into listening mode
Can you be a good listener to those who are coming with new ideas? In a shakeup there will inevitably be new ways of doing things, new personalities and new targets. While it is great to speak up it is also critical to be a good listener. You have to test your flexibility, see outside yourself, and be open to novel thinking.

If you answer ‘yes’ to any of the above, then it’s worth giving the change a chance.

Read all responses to the MPW Insider question: How do you handle a management shakeup?

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