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Thriving as an Interim or Acting Leader

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If asked to step into temporary leadership, should you accept the position? And, if you do, how can you set yourself up for success?

While interim and acting leadership is quite common, very little, if any, guidance exists for these positions. Use the resources below to help you prepare and negotiate conditions for success as an interim leader.

This toolkit was developed in conjunction with Surviving and Thriving as an Interim Leader

Access the Position and Negotiate to Ensure Success

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To Accept or Not: Professional and Personal Considerations

Use this checklist to help you think through the implications of taking on an interim or acting role.

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Define Your Role for Success

Prepare for a conversation with leadership about the expectations for the interim or acting role. Record your thoughts and questions to include in conversation with leadership.

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Considerations for Researchers

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Make Provisions for Your Lab to Ensure Success

Use this to prepare for a conversation with leadership about keeping your lab and research on track while filling an interim or acting role. 

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Considerations for Clinicians

Assessing the Position and Task Shifting

Develop a strategy to retain your clinical reputation and remain accountable to the physicians who refer patients to you while filling an interim or acting role. 

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Disadvantages of the Interim Role

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Mitigating the Challenges

Use this checklist to help you think through how you will approach your new role and how you can build support. 

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Advantages to the Interim Role

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Embracing the Role and Thriving

Use this guide to prepare yourself to move the work of your school, hospital, or institution forward. 

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Transition Planning

Transitioning Out of the Interim Role or into a Permanent Role

With this checklist, think through the transition to your previous position or to the permanent leadership position. 

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Want to know more?

Our publication Surviving and Thriving as an Interim or Acting Leader is available for purchase through the AAMC store