How To Excel In A New Management Role

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Nov. 29 2018, Published 5:04 a.m. ET

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Sometimes, when we go after something that we really want, we can be tricked into thinking that it’s all been a silly mistake once it’s in our hands. Take a management role. You worked hard to put yourself into contention for a more senior position, and then when it’s given to you, the reality that you now have much more responsibility begins to set in. It’s enough to make you long for the simple days when you were just a regular employee! But fear not, because you do really want this job. Below, we take a look at a few ways you can ensure that you excel in your new role.

Trust Yourself

Have you ever heard of “imposter syndrome”? It’s a common condition among successful people, and especially women. Basically, when people are doing well, they begin to think that they don’t really belong to be there. They’re waiting to be “found out” for the frauds that they are. If this happens to you, just remember that it’s just a thought; it’s not real. Trust that you’ve been given this position for a reason, and that you’re going to succeed. It’ll help immensely during the moments of doubt.

Become the Leader

You’re not just in charge of more responsibilities when you’re promoted to management. You also become a leader of your company. And if you’re thrust into this position, then you need to act and feel like a leader! Of course, this is easier said than done. If you’re not one of the rare few who is a natural born leader, then look at working with a company that offers leadership training. It’ll give you all the essential ingredients you need in order to be a great leader, including the ability the motivate and inspire others.  

Trust Your Staff

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You’ll be paid as a manager for a reason: when things go wrong, it’ll be you who has to answer the questions. Yet while there is additional pressure, you shouldn’t let it consume you. Some managers micromanage their staff, which helps no-one. For your company to excel, then the staff need to be left to deliver their best work. That requires trust. Learn to have faith that they’ll bring their best work. If you don’t have that trust, then there’s something wrong with the company’s hiring policies.

Avoid Culture Overhaul

You were not given a management position so you could overhaul everything. You have not suddenly been given the keys to take the company in your preferred direction! As a responsible manager, it’s your duty to subtly guide the business in the right direction. Do not bring about sweeping changes or try to overhaul the company culture. That’s not what you’ve been hired for.

Blur the Lines

Finally, remember that you’re not above the team; you’re just the captain. Make sure that you’re still a team player willing to help out when necessary. Your team will appreciate it if you keep the same attitude you had when you were on their side of the table.

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