Whether you’re managing one person or 15 people, adjusting to your new role as a manager can be a learning process. Especially if you’re now managing your peers. Follow these 5 tips to make it a smooth transition.
- Address the awkwardness: Be upfront with your team about the transition and address the fact that you went from being a peer to a manager. Take them to coffee or a drink to talk about, address the subject head on, and move forward.
- Gain respect: Earn respect by sustaining a culture of accountability and productivity. Show the rest of the company you have what it takes to be successful and are committed to your new role. Don’t be afraid to roll your sleeves up and show staff you are still in the trenches with them.
- Find a mentor: Find someone in the company who also was promoted to manager and ask them for advice and guidance. You can learn from their struggles and accomplishments within the company.
- Be yourself: You were promoted for a reason. Make sure to stay true to who you are, remember you are great at your job, you bring a unique viewpoint and work ethic and that’s why you have excelled in the company, and gotten where you are today.
- Do your research: Read everything about management and leadership you can. Learn about different types of leadership and the management styles of famous leaders like Jack Welch and Steve Jobs. Do your research but also realize your style may be nothing like theirs, and create your own.