Acquiring a new position as a manager can be both exciting and frightening! If you’ve never been in a management position before this could be a big step towards the direction you want to be taking in your career- it can also be intimidating. Just because you are new to the position doesn’t mean you can’t come in and do an outstanding job right off the bat. These are the top 5 things you should be doing when you begin working your new position!
- Create your leadership philosophy
A leader needs followers to groom onto future leaders, not just followers. A great leader is committed to bringing others along the journey and allowing them the space to take on responsibility. You should be more excited to help others climb the ladder to success than bossing people around.
- Focus on the day to day
Management positions are meant to be long-term and that means that the day to day is what is most important. This is what will lead to a productive future for the company. When considering anything- always consider how your decisions during the day will affect the future.
- Communicate effectively
Communication is one of the most important aspects of leading a team to success. Make sure you know how to effectively communicate information. Know what kind of information you need to gain or give before initiating a conversation to stay on track.
- Establish common values and standards
Establishing common values and standards can lead to uniformity among workers and managers. You can save a lot of energy down the line if everyone already has common values and beliefs established as there will be less to disagree on.
- Remember that is is good to show others your weaknesses
Just because you are a leader does not mean that you always have to exude strength. In fact, leaders who show their followers that they are actually human often receive a better response. Your followers will feel more comfortable with you because they know that you aren’t always perfect. If you don’t ever feel vulnerable or a little self-conscious- you probably aren’t pushing yourself hard enough.
Use all of these tips to walk into your management position with confidence!