Some people fall into management positions, while others work their way up the ladder to get into management positions. Either way, you were put in this position because the company believes you can make a difference by leading others. Transitioning into a management role is both exhilarating and challenging. It isn’t easy, but everyone needs to start somewhere. As you begin mastering your new skills set, listen to these words of advice:

  • You are now the liaison between upper management and the employees so you must listen to both sides and adapt.
  • Know how to motivate and lead employees.
  • Continue your own training and development.
  • Don’t ignore problems – identify and resolve them.
  • Avoid rewarding mediocrity – rather than rewarding everyone equally, reward those who truly deserve recognition.
  • Learn how to delegate effectively.
  • Remember you’re their boss, not their best friend (slightly harsh but true).
  • Establish a consistent and effective way to handle employees who aren’t performing up to standard.
  • Remember – you are now the example that others are looking up to.
  • Avoid devoting your time to the wrong issues – make sure you’re focusing on activities that support the organization’s mission and strategic goals.
  • Practice active listening skills.
  • Spend time with every employee to get to know their jobs, goals, strengths, weaknesses and personal attributes to build a solid foundation of trust.
  • Prioritize your team’s one-on-one check-in’s.
  • Stay in the trenches by doing the “dirty work” along with your team – they’ll respect you for it!
  • It’s okay to admit if you’re feeling overwhelmed.
  • Avoid giving vague assignments.
  • Treat every employee with respect.
  • Use the 4 magic words – “What do you think?”
  • Be available and visible.
  • Embrace your role as a leader.
  • Accept feedback, but find your own unique way to lead.

Remember… your management journey is a work in progress!

Are you a recent first-time manager? What words of wisdom would you share to other new managers? Share them in the comments below!


By: Rebecca Clausen

Sources: Monster, The Balance, Business Daily