Taking on the responsibility of being a manager can be daunting, regardless of whether you were promoted from within your company or hired as a manager in a new firm. And, as if the stress of transitioning to a management position for the first time isn’t enough, many first time managers find themselves in unfamiliar territory with little or no management training. The first, and best piece of advice, for those who find themselves in this situation is to remain calm and approach your new job as a learning experience.
Successful managers need to hone a variety of new skills
Simply remaining positive and enthusiastic will give you an edge, but the skill set you need to develop to be a successful manager is varied. Below are 7 of our favorite tips for helping you transition and develop in your new role as a manager.
Set yourself up for success
1. You’ve transitioned into a new role, it is unreasonable to expect that you know everything there is to know. Allow yourself to ask questions, learn, and get comfortable with your new role. Give yourself permission to acclimate to your new expectations.
2. You are a team leader and team player, your role is not only to get your work done, but also ensure your team is performing and meeting the larger goals set forth by the organization. Being a technical expert will have to share space with developing others.
3. Embrace your new role and develop the skills necessary for a successful leader: communication, personnel management, interdepartmental cooperation, and strategy. Developing your self-awareness and empathy will also help you to make the transition into your new role and to succeed in it.
4. Your mood will set the tone for your entire team, so be aware of your attitude and try to keep it positive even in the face of challenging or frustrating situations.
5. Get comfortable with managing conflict and having difficult conversations. Effective conflict management skills are required to resolve issues for you, within your team, and between other departments.
6. Set up regular communication channels, check-ins and reporting with your supervisor to ensure you are meeting your goals. Do the same for the individuals who report to you. Deliver constructive feedback prior to mandatory scheduled performance reviews to allow them a chance to improve prior to the formal written review.
7. Do not be afraid to ask for assistance and seek out those who can help you develop in your new role.
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