Becoming a new manager can be both a positive and overwhelming experience. Management requires a different set of skills such as communication skills, coaching skills, listening skills, and so on. While moving into a management position is a great achievement, it marks the start of a new set of challenges. You’ll have colleagues seeking you out for answers and you’re now responsible for the accomplishments and failures of the team. Here are some proven tips for all first-time managers:

  1. Acknowledge the change in relationship dynamics

If you’ve just been promoted to a managerial position, it means that you’ll find yourself managing people who were once your peers. It’s important to set clear boundaries, ground rules, and address the change in the relationship early on so as not to have conflicts later on.

  1. Find a mentor

You are new at this and don’t have all the answers. Having a mentor you can turn to, to help answer those questions that may come up can be an important asset to you. Find someone or people who have excelled at being the kind of manager you want to be.

  1. Listen and learn

Resist the urge to start making changes immediately when you assume your new position. Instead, take some time to fully understand your team and what they need to excel. Set up meetings with individual team members and ask questions to know their challenges, what they like and ideas they have to improve the workflow. Letting them know you are open to hearing their thoughts is a great way to establish a positive relationship and open communication.

  1. Learn to delegate

Your job as a manager is to manage. Learn to delegate tasks to your team instead of trying to do it all yourself. Learn what your team members’ strengths and weaknesses are and give tasks accordingly. Also, avoid micromanaging and just let go; it’s okay to point them in the right direction subtly.

  1. Give timely and constructive feedback

A good manager lets his team know what they are doing right and what they need to change. Learn to communicate what needs to be worked on effectively and give accolades where necessary. It’s important to hone your observational skills properly to enable you to stick to facts when giving feedback and not depend on hearsay.

  1. Be a good example

Your team members now look up to you, so try as much as you can, to set good examples for them to follow. This includes being early for meetings, being polite, and exhibiting traits you want to see in them.

  1. Empower your subordinates

If you want your team to be strong, then you have to empower them by making sure they can make their own decisions and set their own goals. This would help develop their critical thinking abilities and set them on the right path to building strong careers.

  1. Communicate and share information

A manager doesn’t have to be spirited and charming – just highly communicative and transparent. Tell your team to foresee changes, let them know what’s going on in your administration meetings, and give organisational updates. The more you convey, the more trust will be given and the group will consider you to be a partner rather than a tyrant.

If you are a new manager, congratulations! You will find the tips described above to be valuable and useful in your new position.


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