New to management? Don’t be a know-it-all.

Have you ever met a new manager who seems to know everything about everything? Best case, it’s annoying.  Worst case, it damages morale, can increase turnover, and can lead to bad decision making. But, you know, it’s hard being the new manager, especially if you’ve been promoted from within the team that you’re now managing.  You don’t want to be that person but you don’t know how not to be that person.  The answer, or at least the start of it, is actually simpler than you might think.  Here are a few tips on how to settle into the new role smoothly and effectively.
  1. You cannot and should not know everything about everything.  Don’t try.  Instead, recognize team members areas of expertise, ask for their opinion, and (importantly) give them credit when you use it.
  2. Let others know what you’re good at and what you’re not and ask your team to share the same.  A great team is one that leverages everyone’s strengths, not just the leader’s.
  3. Give and receive feedback regularly.  Frequent, informal feedback sessions are easier to navigate if you’re new to the job.  At first, start by recognizing what’s working well.  It’s a good way to practice giving good, structured feedback and creates a foundation for a performing team.  And remember that feedback is not a one-way street.  Ask your team for feedback on how you’re doing as well.
  4. Ask for support from your manager.  Getting active, visible sponsorship from your own manager goes a long way to building credibility with a new team.
  5. Lead by example.  If you’re working as hard as your team, they will see it.  If you don’t, they’ll see that too.

There is certainly a lot more to being a great manager, but start with some of these simple and effective habits and you’ll find that you’re on the right track for success.

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This article is provided for general information purposes only and is not intended to be human resources consulting advice or specific advice for your business needs.

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