Making the transition from team member to team manager can be a challenging point in one’s career. Even with the best training, skills, and experience, taking on a new role with new responsibilities can be a daunting task. How can you make your transition into a new managerial role as smooth as possible for you and your entire team? Here are a few tips and tricks for success as a new manager.
Balancing Multiple Needs and Demands
One of the biggest hurdles that new managers will have to face is figuring out how to balance multiple needs and demands. As an individual employee, you may be used to only dealing with your own direct responsibilities. As a manager, you will have to be aware of your own direct responsibilities, as well as the tasks of your team, your supervisors, and any other colleagues within your purview. It’s important to learn skills and strategies to balance your personal work responsibilities with the responsibilities of those around you, while keeping the big picture in mind.
Delegation is one of the most critical roles of a manager. Delegation requires careful planning, action, and an understanding of the different strengths and weaknesses of your team. Before delegating a task, it’s important to consider:
-Who on your team is best suited to the task at hand?
-Will the decision-making process be made with your team, through consensus or advice?
-What are the parameters and expectations associated with the delegated task?
Many new managers make the mistake of delegating too much, or delegating too little and shouldering an uneven amount of their team’s responsibilities. Another common mistake new managers make is not following up with team members after delegation. Following up after the completion of a delegated task is a good way to receive feedback and make your managerial approach more effective for your team.
Being in a management role is not always easy, but with the right strategies and techniques, it’s possible to thrive in a managerial position. If you’re moving into a new managerial role in your company, “Situational Leadership – Building Leaders” is a great workshop to help you ease the transition. For more information about this program, and the other workplace training programs available through ACT One International, contact us today!