Being promoted as a manager is exciting and challenging. It takes smarts to move up the corporate ladder but transitioning into a new role means mastering a new skill set.
These 15 tips will help you navigate the managerial waters.
#1 Get Ready Before You Get Promoted
This may sounds counter-intuitive, but if you’re keep moving and get ready for your new role including taking courses, learning from others and reading up on the topic. If you’re offered a promotion but you’re unprepared, you may want to kick yourself for not boning up beforehand.
#2 Recognize That It’s a New Job
Even though you’re most likely promoted in a same department, but you’re not longer the same role and position.
While you many not have mastered your new job, you do have a track record of success in that area, so focus on your ability to master a job.
#3 Learn Situational Leadership
This is must-have leadership skill for every manager. Situational leadership is a model for figuring how to manage each employee, depending on how much direction they needed.
#4 Get to Really Know Your Employees
Spend more time with every employee in your department and get to know their jobs, career goals, strengths, weakness, likes and dislike. Once you know more about them and their life, you’ll build a solid foundation of trust.
#5 Learn and Practice Active Listening
If you want to know only one skill important to your success as a manager, that must be ” active listening”, which this is considered the most important skill to master as a leader.
#6 Learn to Let Go of the Details
Focus on the big picture and what your employees are accomplishing on the daily basis and whether or not they’re meeting their goals.
Remember it, you’re not being paid to do your old job, so just leave it to your staff.
#7 You’re a Boss, Not a Friend
One of the most frequent mistakes for new manager make is they try to be friends with their employees. It’s especially hard when you’re get promoted over your peers.
You’re now in a position of power and authority, you can be friends outside of the office, but while in the office, keep the interaction professional.
#8 Don’t Be Surprised by Former Co-Workers’ Personal Issues
New manager often shocked to discover some of the performance and personal issues of previous boss was dealing with. What you need to do is pic up where your boss left off and deal with your way continuously.
#9 Learn to Deal With Performance Issues
Your previous boss may been sweeping poor performance issues under the rug. Your new job is learning a consistent and effective way to deal with employees who are not performing up to standard.
#10 Treat Every Employee with Respect
You may be in a superior position, but you are not superior to anyone. Everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. If you waiver from this, you’ll losing more than your own self-respect.
#11 Use Four Magic Words
“What Do You Think?” Asking your employees for their ideas is ultimate display of respect and empowers them to solve their own problems.
#12 Pay Attention to Your New Team
You may be team leader of your team, you’re now a member of a brand new team. Managing sideways is just as important as managing up and down, so put more attention to them.
#13 Be Available and Be Visible
The more involved and engaged you are with your team, the more motivated they will be to do a good job. People need to know there’s a captain at the helm of the ship who will guide them along the way.
#14 Schedule Solo Meetings as Well as Team Meetings
You need to interface with people on private basis to see if there any problems you’re not aware of, and for bonding time.
You also need conduct team meeting to let all members in your team to interact with each other.
#15 Embrace Your Role as a Leader
Leading can be an extraordinary and rewarding responsibility. One should never take it lightly or take it for granted.