You’re a new manager, now what?

Becoming a manager can be a challenging transition for anyone, especially for those who were not prepared for the role. A lot of industries involve disparate skillsets, think of the legal profession where the skills to be a great litigator, adversarial with an eye for the tiniest detail, may be at odds with the management soft skills that make for an engaged workforce.

If you find yourself in this position, here are some management secrets that can help you succeed:

  1. Develop your leadership skills: Being a manager requires a set of skills that are different from those of an individual contributor. Focus on developing skills such as delegation, communication, conflict resolution, and decision-making.
  2. Learn to prioritize: As a manager, you will have many responsibilities and tasks to complete. Learn to prioritize them based on their importance and urgency. This will help you to manage your time effectively and ensure that you are meeting your team’s goals.
  3. Build a strong team: Your team is your most valuable asset. Invest time in building a strong team, hire people who are talented and share your vision, and help them grow and develop their skills.
  4. Communicate effectively: Communication is critical in any role, but especially as a manager. Learn to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing. Keep your team informed about what is going on, and listen to their feedback and concerns.
  5. Lead by example: As a manager, your behavior sets the tone for your team. Lead by example, be a positive role model, and demonstrate the behaviors you expect from your team.
  6. Seek out mentorship: Find a mentor who can guide you through the challenges of being a manager. Look for someone who has experience in the role and can offer you advice and support.
  7. Learn from your mistakes: No one is perfect, and everyone makes mistakes. The key is to learn from them and use them as opportunities for growth and development.

By following these management secrets, you can become an effective and successful manager, even if you were an accidental one. Remember that becoming a manager is a journey, and with the right mindset and approach, you can navigate it successfully.