How To Succeed in Your New Managerial Role
When you take on a new managerial position, you want to get off to a great start. The greatest distinction between a managerial role and the other types of positions that you previously held as you worked up to your current title is that your responsibilities involve more oversight and accountability for other team members’ performance. To succeed in your role and effectively motivate your team, you have to work on cultivating the habits and skills that will make you a strong leader.
Express Expectations Clearly
Employees tend to feel uneasy when they aren’t sure about what they need to do to meet expectations. When management gives personnel overly broad edicts to do their best or provide good customer service, that doesn’t really let them know how they can excel in their roles. Resultantly, they may be worried that their best isn’t good enough. Conversely, they may interpret this passivity of such broad directions to indicate that there aren’t any substantive expectations beyond showing up and carrying out basic job tasks with minimal errors.
Give your staff defined expectations that have practical context. Setting out individual responsibilities and performance with precision offers substantive guidance that people can use to establish goals.
Celebrate Great Teamwork
Being able to build and sustain a team-driven working environment is a hallmark of great management. When employees feel like they’re valued members of a team, it motivates them to work hard. Knowing that their colleagues are counting on them and not wanting to let them down inspires them to continually put forth their best effort.
Good teamwork makes managers’ jobs easier. Employees look to their colleagues for support and are eager to offer theirs. Team members feel invested in one another’s success.
To foster effective communication and collaboration among personnel, try to avoid showing favoritism. Make it a point to commend examples of great collaborative work. If possible, offer group incentives or bonuses when your staff achieves new milestones.
Make Yourself Accessible
Employees need to feel like a manager is approachable. Making yourself available to your team can ensure that people feel comfortable asking important questions. Encourage your staff members to reach out to you when they need help. Set regular meeting times so you can allocate adequate time for supervisory matters.
The skills that you bring to bear a managerial position can have a big impact on the course of your professional development. Going into your new role with confidence will help you grow into it quickly.