Your Team Is Watching
With one stroke of the pen, the promotion became real. You were suddenly thrust into the position of leader. Unfortunately the abilities and attributes that earned you the more exalted position are not the same abilities and attributes you will need to succeed as a leader. To succeed, you need to learn to focus as a new manager to be a good manager.
Hopefully you will have the time and opportunity to develop the necessary management skills to start you off in the right direction. Meantime, your team is watching…
Two Common Missteps
New managers, due to their inexperience, are apt to make at least one of these two very common mistakes related to where they focus as a new manager. First, too many new managers work harder than they need to because they have not yet learned how to effectively delegate tasks. Secondly, too many new managers spend more time on trying to impress those above them than on helping their team to succeed.
You Must Earn Trust
Be aware that concerns over your ability to lead are not yours alone…your team probably has them too. With this in mind, know that they are observing you for any clues as to what your leadership will be like. Will you be a bad boss or a good boss? Will the team perform well or poorly? Will you pay attention to the needs and wants of individual team members? What is your communication and work style? And the list goes on…
Where You Should Focus as a New Manager
Here’s where we think you should focus as a new manager in terms of your attention and your energy:
The Bottom Line
Taking on the role of a new manager is both exciting and daunting. Do what you can to prepare for the challenges ahead and follow the advice of those who have gone before.
To learn more about being an effective new leader, download New Leader Mistakes: 5 Traps to Avoid
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