You’re promoted as the new “manager” of your department. Congrats!! It is a great step forward in your career as well as towards new challenges. Meeting productivity deadlines, dealing with employee issues, team motivation, performance review etc., are few of the challenges from a long list of responsibilities that awaits you. Even though with time you’ll learn the art of managing a team through the trial and error way, here are 5 proven ways that you can use to sail smoothly over the transition period.
Play to Your Strengths
As a leader, channelize your strengths gained in your previous role to lay inroads in to the new position. The company promoted you with expectations, figure out what are those expectations, and chart out a plan of action to meet it. Delegating work instead of doing it yourself would be great. Not only it saves time but also helps identify the strengths and weaknesses of your team members, which could be channelized effectively.
Use Resources Wisely and Intelligently
Use your company resources smartly. As a new manager, read the HR policies and manual, be thorough with it, and keep them handy. Try to know your team members individually. You’ll get the information in their personnel files. Always, keep yourself in the learning mode. Read articles, blogs, and books related to your area of expertise and keep yourself updated about the new trends and changes that is being made in your field.
Share Organization’s Goals With the Team
You are responsible for your team’s effectiveness. Hence, share the organization’s business goals and information that can be passed onto them, else your team might perceive you as someone who they cannot connect to. Keep your team always connected and in line with the organization’s expectations.
Establish a Strong Bond with the Team
People management is one of the toughest jobs for any new manager. Develop a good working relationship with your team members, failure to do so can end in stressful situations. Keep your team motivated and productive by delegating tasks to them. Avoid micromanaging but ensure constant follow up on the tasks.
Get feedback about yourself from your team members as well as mentors, but ultimately develop a leadership style that suits you in meeting your objectives. Be a role model to your team members. They will look up to you for guidance, both professionally and personally.