With the right approach you’ll be able to maintain the strong relationships you’ve built whilst proving your leadership skills and adapting to your new management role.
Going from colleague to manager can be a daunting task and is not always smooth sailing.
Below are some suggestions to help you manage your new leadership position and help you transition into your new role.
- Firstly, you need to accept that your relationships with your colleagues will change. Previously you would have been part of the gossip group, sharing niggles about management. You will now need to separate yourself from these conversations and remain professional.
- Discuss with the team that adjustments will need to be made and that you acknowledge the fact that relationships between you will change. Allow the team to have their say and let them know that you are open to ideas. Open communication is so important and this goes a long way with staff members as it helps to build their trust and in turn their support, making a much productive and positive team.
- Take the time to have individual meetings with your new team. Make sure they understand your new role and what is expected of you. Plan how you can work together and have joint goals. Make the assumption that they will be on board and close the conversation with ‘I’m glad to have your support with this.’
- If you’ve built up good relationships with your team, put them to good use. Remember the conversations you’ve had about what should be improved and the changes that could be made. As long as those changes are realistic, this will instil confidence in your team that you’ve taken on board their comments and that you’re listening to them.
- It’s important not to show favouritism within the team and to treat everyone fairly, however not everyone works the same way so you need to recognise this and adapt your style to the individual. You already know the people in your team so you know their strengths and weaknesses and the way they work. You don’t want to smother someone who you already know works well autonomously. However on the flip side, there may be others who need more guidance or support which may have been lacking from the previous manager.
Change is not always easy and there will be some bumps in the road that will test your leadership ability, but how you react and your approach to these challenges will be a testament as to why you have received your promotion.
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