How to Build Your Team as a New Manager
If you are transitioning to management for the first time, you should ask yourself how you are going to build your team as a new manager.
Some Time-Tested Advice for New Supervisors and Leaders
You are excited that you have been promoted to a leadership position, and you are about to meet your new team. What is the best advice from new manager training experts for pulling your team together and establishing yourself as an effective and trustworthy leader they want to follow?
Your First Three Steps to Building Your Team
To begin to build your team as a new manager or supervisor:
1. Get to Know Your Team as Individuals
Meet with each team member one-on-one to learn what they like to do personally and professionally and where they see the team and their career going in the near future. Then seek out their previous supervisor and human resources contact to gain insights into their individual working styles, work ethic and previous performance reviews. Lastly, take your team out to lunch and/or host a happy hour one evening.
Your goal is to begin to build both personal and professional relationships while gaining their trust and building trust between co-workers.
2. Don’t Be in a Hurry to Set an Agenda
Ask and listen first. Know that the team will be somewhat anxious about you…any change in leadership can be difficult to accept. Be open to their ideas. Get to know the lay of the land.
The most important impression to leave is that you are approachable, welcome their thoughts and want the team to feel free to express themselves in an honest and straightforward way. Unless there is an urgent matter that must be resolved sooner, focus on learning and building relationships before making any big decisions for at least the first 30 days.
3. Share What You Hope to Learn and Your Short-term Plan for Going Forward
As you work with the team, you will have a chance to observe their strengths and evaluate where the puzzle pieces will fit best. Then you can work together to establish clear goals, roles, responsibilities and action steps.
The Bottom Line
Your success as a new manager is now dependent upon the success of your team, not your individual performance. Get to know your team, go slow to go fast and have a clear plan for success.
To learn more about how to build your team as a new manager or supervisor, download 7 Immediate Management Actions to Create Team Alignment with Your Goals
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