It Is Not Easy to Transition into a New Managerial Role
The good news is that you have been promoted to a new managerial role. The bad news is that it is not easy to transition into a new managerial role. In fact, research from CEB found that 60% of new managers fail within the first two years in their new leadership position.
We know from people manager assessment center data that the failure to successfully transition into a new managerial role has a lasting and negative impact across an organization. We also know from new manager training participants that new supervisors are eager to learn and make a good first impression on their team.
4 Proven Steps to Transition into a New Managerial Role
In our three decades of designing and delivering customized Management Training Programs, we have seen thousands of managers take on new positions. Here are four proven steps to help transition into a new managerial role:
— What do they need and want in order to be successful in their roles?
— What value do they seek from their new leader?
— How can you best support them?
— What is working well that should be continued?
— What is not working well that needs to be improved?
All these questions require that you ask and then actively listen. Avoid the temptation to make changes too quickly. Take your first 90 days to thoroughly analyze the current situation, earn people’s trust, and co-create an initial plan of attack with your team.
That means answering questions like:
— What is the company’s overall vision, mission, and values?
— Who are our ideal target customers?
— What is our unique value proposition?
— What are the companies top 5 strategic priorities?
— How is individual, team, and company success measured?
— What are the team norms and behavioral expectations of how work gets done and decisions get made?
These stakeholders include your team members, your peers, your superiors, your clients, your partners, and even your customers’ customers. How can you deliver on those expectations until you have a clear picture of what role others expect you to fill? You will know you are headed in the right direction when you and your key stakeholders agree upon your team’s:
— Success Metrics
Leading others is not easy. Be patient and humble as you learn all you need to learn in order to be effective in your new role.
The Bottom Line
Though new managers want to be perceived as eminently competent, you can earn that reputation by first displaying curiosity, listening well, and learning all you can about your team, the company and the culture. Be open. Show that you are eager to learn about the new team and their goals and that you are committed to the team’s success through your leadership.
To learn more about how to successfully transition into a new managerial role, download 7 Immediate Management Actions to Create Alignment with Goals
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