Six Great Tips For New Managers
Receiving a promotion at work is a milestone in anyone's career. A promotion to a manager role is a significant accomplishment, one that will bring with it change and new challenges. New managers, even those who rose through the ranks, face a different work day and have to make adjustments to be successful.
If you were promoted from within, you may have colleagues who were in line for the position you received. If you were hired from the outside to fill the role, there may have been candidates for the position who already worked for the company. This can present awkward and sometimes contentious situations, especially if your peers are now your associates. Here are seven tips for getting off to a successful start in your new managerial role.
- 1. Stay Grounded - Do your best not to let your new promotion give you a swelled head. You should be proud of your accomplishments, but be aware of the feelings of those around you, especially members of the team you now lead. You need to ensure everyone is going to follow their new leader. Remember where you came from. It's a good idea to discuss your new role with your team and solicit feedback on what works for the team, and what doesn't work, and involve them in making changes and setting the new course.
- 2. Accept Responsibility - Before becoming a manager, there was likely someone above you who could take responsibility for your team's work. They answered questions from the higher ups and took responsibility when problems arose. You need to be prepared to step in to that role. The buck stops with you now, you can no longer pass it on.
- 3. Be A Leader - Don't rest on your laurels. You have accomplished a goal on your career path, but there is still work to be done and now you are responsible for making sure it happens. Engage your team, let them know that you will lead them along the path to great success and it is theirs to have if they will follow.
- 4. Spread The Wealth - That doesn't mean give your paycheck out to your associates. Rather, you need to make sure that you are not taking all the work with you in to your new role. Delegate tasks, assign projects, spread the wealth of work and responsibility to your team. As the manager, your main function is to ensure your team does its job. They can't do that if you are trying to do it all yourself. Also, remember to spread the wealth when it comes to praise for a job well done.
- 5. Change Your Shoes - You know what it is like to be in your team member's shoes. You need to find out what it is like to be in yours. This is a learning process and you need to take your old shoes off in order to find new ones that fit. It may take you a while to define your management style and get used to leading the team. take the old shoes off and put them in the closet. They will be a memory (I know what it is like to be in your shoes) and you will succeed with this change.
- 6. Be Strong - Yes needs to mean yes and no needs to mean no. Effective leaders do not say maybe. It is okay if you do not have all the answers and it is okay to admit that you do not know the answer to a questions. Keys here are being string enough to admit when you do not know, and being string enough to go find the answers you need.
A new role can be a life changing experience. Your career path, your work relationships and your personal relationships are all effected by this change. To ensure balance, remember where you came from but always be looking at the road ahead. Try finding a mentor, perhaps a senior manager, from whom you can learn and consult with when the need arises. These tips are not the be all and end all of management. You'll need to open yourself to new ideas and new methods. Follow these ideas and you'll be off to a great start in your new position.