24 Oct How to Succeed in Your New Manager Position?
Becoming the manager of a team is usually a positive turning point in a professional life or career. Even seasoned professionals with new responsibilities ahead make mistakes or face challenges . If you have been recently promoted to a manager position or have just recruited a new manager yourself , you may feel some pressure and stress in grasping the new tasks. A manager is before all a human being who will make mistakes as anybody else. The key is to convert this to a learning point.
What is a manager?
First, it is important to understand what it means to be a manager. This term can mean a lot of things and sometimes it is difficult to give it a really accurate definition.
Now, sit back and express what are the first words that come to mind when you think “manager”: Leader? Leadership?
You can also sometimes associate this term with a bad lived experience and associate a manager with a dictator or a tyrant.
We can agree on one thing, they often have this image of a person who guides, leads, directs and sometimes dominates.
We often recognize two categories of managers: the one who wants to control everything and gives orders; and the leader who inspires and motivates.
But a manager is especially someone qualified, who masters the field in which they work and who were chosen as team leader to achieve the objectives of the company.
They must have the ability to make the connection between what the directors expect and what their team needs to do to achieve it.
When one reaches the position of manager, one wishes, of course, to be the best possible. And it’s all to your credit. That’s why you will often focus on a very specific and ideal idea of the manager.
Which manager do you want to be?
You have just arrived at your new position. You have a team at your expense and goals to achieve. However, getting started is difficult and you still wonder how to do it? It is not unusual then to rely on a role model: someone who has deeply marked you in your personal or professional life and whom you perceive as the ideal leader. Just like this person, you want to be able to guide your team in success, to be listened to, and to create the perfect cohesion within your team. It is possible that you try to imitate their way of speaking, their gestures, their management of conflicts…
This person still certainly has other great managerial qualities but it is important that you get to know you as a manager: determine what your forte and improvement points are. There are surely traits of your personality that you may not have noticed that make you an excellent manager if you accentuate them, just as you have points to improve that can slow you down and influence you in making bad decisions.
Having a role model can be extremely beneficial to enlighten you on the path to follow but do not let you dominate above all by this representation of the ideal manager at the expense of the natural leader in you.
Which manager should you be?
As explained above, it is important that you determine who you are as a manager.
You must start by creating the best possible work environment. Working in a team is not always easy because there will inevitably be disagreements or conflicts.
-Create a climate of collaboration: letting the team members express themselves, listen to them, collaborate together and be able to delegate certain responsibilities will create a climate of trust within the team.
-Guide the team: as explained above, the manager must know how to link the objectives of the company and how to lead their team to achieve it. Knowing the people you work with is essential to achieving this. What are their strengths? How to help them improve and gain confidence? How to challenge them? Once you have successfully grasped the workings of each team member, it will be easier for you to develop plans.
-Do not be afraid to ask for advice and feedback: Whether it’s with colleagues, superiors or members of your team, they may perceive you in a different way from yours. They can really help you improve.
-In your turn, do not hesitate to give feedback and advice to members of your team.
Sometimes it can be difficult to make some changes alone or to understand by yourself what needs to be improved. Applying to a coach, someone who is outside your work environment, will allow you to apprehend your new manager position differently. The coach can help you develop your management skills and deal with obstacles that could be largely avoided.
That is LSL Management Tip, thanks for reading and be sure to check the other management tips on our blog for LEARN. SUCCEED. LEAD.