Transitioning into a leadership role will undoubtedly come with its fair share of obstacles. This is what you worked so hard for but now you begin to think; will my peers accept me in a managerial position? Will people be upset? Will this affect my current relationship and if so, how? We have dealt with this situation dozens of times and with that experience, we have been able to decipher certain trends and patterns.
First and foremost, let’s address your biggest concern. The answer is yes, your relationships with your colleagues will be forced to change, and the structure and working dynamic of the business will impact just how much they change. To explain, you are now in a different position, one that requires a new working perspective and a need to make more impactful decisions. Unfortunately, you will need to make decisions throughout your career that will upset people, however that is just the nature of being a manager. Whether you like it or not, things are going to change, just remember that you are the author of your own book.
What makes a great manager?
Great leaders work for their employees, not the other way around. This means that the effort and production of a team will always be greater than that of an individual. Work to keep your team happy and their work will speak for itself. Listen closely to employees because without them, the ship will sink faster than the titanic. Remember: you work for them, not the other way around.
Do not ever ask an employee to do something you yourself aren’t willing to do. Show your team members that you are willing to roll up your sleeves and do what needs to be done.
Encourage questions. Too often employees are scared to ask questions. What happens next is simple, they don’t ask, then mistakes are made, and so on. Never forget that you are there to teach and guide your team.
Provide autonomy – trust your employees, they are there for a reason and the added sense of ownership will show them that you believe in their work and abilities
Shift your focus, because as your responsibility changes, you will need to take more aspects into consideration. For example, now that you are a manager, you may need to consider things such as cost and profit where previously, this was not a concern for you.
People will follow your lead – others are now watching you, are you on time? Are you professional? Are you ready to go the extra mile? Set the tone for how you want your team to function and they will follow your lead.
If there is one thing to take away from this entire article however, it is the following – attitude reflects leadership. If your team is moping around the office all day; you are doing something wrong and need to re-evaluate. On the other hand, if the team is working well together and your supervisor is happy with their performance, then continue on your path. Your team’s attitude and performance are a direct representation of your leadership skills.