Last Updated Dec 9, 2009 2:15 PM EST
Sudden leadership change isn't unique to politics, of course. Many senior managers find themselves suddenly put into the top job after a period of rapid internal change. They could face animosity from those loyal to a predecessor and a team of players uncertain over their future.
So how do you act quickly to stop the unrest and unite the team? Amanda Gore is an international speaker on leadership and group dynamics, who says that there are three basic elements to consider. It's all to do with neuroscience and neuroplasticity apparently!
Have you ever been parachuted into a hostile workforce? How did you cope? Add your stories to the Talkback section at the end of this post.