Congratulations! You’re a manager now. With this promotion comes the opportunity to lead a team, and to help motivate and inspire other people to meet the goals and targets needed to drive your organisation forward. With this opportunity comes a great deal of excitement – but also a lot of anxiety, too.
If you have never been in a managerial role before, it is understandable that you will be feeling a little overwhelmed by the prospect. All too often it is a trial and error process finding your feet. But there are some things you can do to make it easier. Here is some useful advice for making the most of your first managerial position.
- You Can Use Your Existing Strengths to Make a New Difference
Obviously you have strengths that you demonstrated in your previous position; otherwise you would not have been promoted. But the difficulty is using these skills in a managerial role which is obviously different from before. Remember that you will transfer from doing the work to orchestrating it, and you can use your knowledge and experience of practical tasks to help motivate the team and think about better ways of achieving goals.
- It’s Important to Keep People Informed
You may understand that one of the most frustrating parts of the non-managerial role is being kept in the dark about so many things. Obviously a team will not need to know everything about the organisation and its strategy, but you as a leader will help to give them the information they need to feel secure about their work, to do a good job, and to understand how their work relates to the organisation as a whole.
- You Should Develop a Good Working Relationship with your Team
Don’t make the mistake of focusing all your energies on how you look to your boss and how well your team is performing. NEW MANAGER TRAINING experts advise that you also need to develop strong working relationships with your team from the start. Resist the temptation to start micromanaging people’s roles without looking carefully at the people in question, and get to know their strengths and weaknesses. Open communication and regular one-to-one meetings help people feel valued and listened to.
- Recognition Goes a Long Way
It is important to build a strong team by giving people credit where it is due. There is nothing worse than going unrecognised for work and achievements. Your team members will feel more integrated and respected when they can tell that their good work is noticed. Avoid overlooking people by focusing on achievements and targets met, of all sizes.
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