What does stepping into a new manager role mean? New responsibilities, new opportunities, and new challenges. It can be exciting and intimidating.
Here’s the good news – you’re not alone in this journey. Most of the people around you want you to succeed, but you need to step into the role with purpose and intention. Here are three essential things I believe all new managers need to understand.
You Have a New Lens
Manager is more than a title – it’s an obligation and an opportunity to have real impact. You’re now a leader in the company. When you recognize this difference, you’re better able to consider your actions and decisions through the new lens.
As a manager, your actions guide and empower your team. You are shaping your team’s interactions with customers and internal stakeholders. Embrace this immense opportunity to make a difference.
You Are an Example
As a manager, you might feel like you’re under constant scrutiny. Don’t let the desire to be liked cloud your judgment. Remember that your team is looking at your example, and they want you to succeed.
Lead with your mind and your heart. Compassion is vital, but so is clarity. Be a role model for your team, and don’t be afraid to assert yourself when needed.
You Must Be Open and Clear
Clear communication is a cornerstone of effective leadership. Lay out your team’s goals and how they support the company’s success. Include your team in deciding how you’ll reach your goals and ensure they understand both why and how.
Every team member, whether they’re the leader or a new recruit, must understand their role in executing the strategy. Clarity fosters collaboration and leads to success.
Bonus Tip: Find A Mentor
Who is someone you admire who has walked this path before? Reach out to ask for guidance.
A strong mentor can be a game-changer in your leadership journey, especially when you’re a new manager.
Spend time with them, learn from their experiences, and apply their wisdom to your unique situation. Remember, people genuinely want to help you succeed. Don’t hesitate to reach out.
We have a group of expert instructors who mentor and train managers through our 6-month Manager Development program. We do a deep dive into learning and practicing core management and leadership skills.
A training program focused on leadership is a great way to connect with a network of peers and mentors.
A Path to Success as a New Manager
Being a manager is a challenge and a transformative experience.
By embracing your role as a leader, walking the talk, communicating clearly, and finding a mentor, you set yourself on a path to success.
Here’s to your success and the significant positive impact you’re destined to make!
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