3 Things New Managers Must Do to Lead Like a Pro

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Three activities are fundamental to the role of all managers, but especially to new managers who are just beginning to establish their reputation and prove their skill at leading others. We know from thousands of new manager training participants that the best managers are good at communicating, organizing, and guiding. All well and good. But how do these three capabilities translate into the day-to-day interactions between a new manager and team.

Let’s look at each aspect of a new manager’s role and what it takes:

  1. Communicating
    Managers need to be able to use their communication and relationship skills to get work done through others. For first-time supervisors, this is the most basic and yet most critical skill of all. They need to be able to communicate the team goal in a way that inspires the team to achieve it. These first-level leaders need to build relationships that are founded on trust and mutual respect…this requires good listening as well as empathetic responses. And they need to be able to adapt to the different working styles on their team. Being overly direct with an introverted but capable employee will drive that employee away just as a hands-off approach with an employee who craves and needs direction will end in frustration for both.
  2. Organizing
    The best managers know how to prioritize activities so that the most important work gets done first. They delegate effectively, are able to facilitate well-designed meetings and budget team resources in a way that reduces waste and increases efficiency. They also set up procedures that keep everyone on track…not only with the project at hand but also in terms of performance expectations so they can hold employees accountable for key objectives.
  3. Guiding
    Managers who care about their employees earn the team’s respect and loyalty. They know what drives each and every individual team member so they can take advantage of strengths and play to interests. They excel as coaches by encouraging greater effort, helping employees overcome obstacles and providing opportunities for growth.

First-level managers and supervisors are increasingly important to the effectiveness of a company’s leadership. They are the ones on the front lines who are asked to interpret and implement the plans designed by those in the C-Suite. Without effective new manager training programs and the managerial skills of communicating, organizing and guiding, many top-level strategies would go unfulfilled.

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