4 Strategies for New Managers
Being in a new management role can be a delicate juggling act. In a recent article, Business News Daily provided four helpful strategies for new managers looking to lead strong, productive teams.
1. Be transparent
Being a new manager means being privy to information that you may not have had access to before. Think of how that lack of access affected your ability to do your job, and how you might have done things differently with a more full view of the situation. Apply that perspective to how you choose to keep your team abreast of developments within your company. Being transparent allows you to build trust within your team and help your staff comprehend their role within the big picture.
2. Develop a strong relationship with your team
Your team is not there to make you look good. Your team is there to get a job done, and it is your job to lead them. Going into ‘performance’ mode, makes a first-time manager look like they are only in it for themselves. That approach to management can drive a wedge between a manager and their staff, lowering productivity. Getting to know your staff – their personal lives, their career goals – will make you better able to address their needs, and create the rapport needed to get the job done.
3. Recognize accomplishment.
Giving credit for a job well-done is key to building a strong work culture. Creating a positive environment for productivity means recognizing when your team meets or exceeds benchmarks. You don’t have to wait for a huge deal to come through to show your appreciation. A simple ‘thank you’ to someone showing kindness or going out of their way can contribute to a healthy working environment.
4. Take feedback, and lead your way
Accepting criticism and suggestion does not mean that you cannot have your own personal style to leadership. Many people will have their opinions on the best way for a manager to lead their team, and the best managers take the advice that suits them and scraps the rest. Your biggest challenge as a manager will be finding the balance that allows you and your particular team of individuals to thrive, and no one can teach you how to do that. Be yourself, play to your strengths and play to the strengths of your team.