Whether you’ve recently been hired into a new position, or whether you’ve been moving up the ranks within your own organization, shifting from being part of a team to being in charge of a team can be a daunting and intimidating shift.
As with all new roles and opportunities, there are new expectations and challenges to tackle and overcome. If you’re feeling anxious about your performance in your new management position, take a look at our list of four success tips for new managers like you:
1. Take a ‘Coach Approach’
We’ve discussed the importance of taking the coach approach in the workplace before, and there’s no better time to start implementing these tactics than right now.
The Coach Approach means using guiding, open-ended and curiosity-based questions to help lead your team to the solution they need, rather than finding it for them. Some examples of using this technique include:
Asking “how are you keeping your project timelines on track?” instead of asking “when can you finish this report?”
Asking “how do you think we can solve this challenge?” instead of asking “when are you going solve this?”
As you can see, taking a Coach Approach helps empower your team to problem-solve and tackle issues in a more supportive manner than traditional management techniques.
2. Communicate Your Vision
Managing a successful team means communicating clearly and consistently with your team. As a manager, your role is to effectively articulate your vision of success to your team, and to provide them with the supports that they need in order to help achieve that goal.
Keeping your thoughts to yourself, refusing to share your plan and goals, and being non-communicative with your team isn’t just going to keep your team from success, but it may begin to hamper your professional success, too.
3. Create Opportunities for Feedback
Most modern offices encourage an “open door” policy with management where employees are encouraged to seek out and ask for supports from management. However, simply telling your team that they can talk to you doesn’t necessarily mean that they will.
Instead, we recommend taking the time to ask questions of your employees to enhance engagement and collaboration, such as:
Not only does this technique provide ways for your team to tell you what they need, but it’s a great opportunity for you to get feedback from your team on how you can support them in their roles.
4. Work with a Mentor or Coach
Emotional intelligence and self-awareness are key in effectively supporting teams of people, and one of the best ways to develop those qualities within yourself is to find a mentor or coach.
Find someone who has a similar leadership style to your own and ask them to be your mentor, or seek out the help of a professional coach. Work with them to set out personal goals and check in with them regularly, as their guidance and knowledge can be fundamental in helping you be the best manager that you can be.
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