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I’m a manager… Now what?

Finally, all those years of hard work and commitment have paid off and you’re stepping into a managerial role for the first time. Along with much kudos, being a manager comes with greater responsibility and leadership. It doesn’t, however, come with a manual. To gain the confidence and success you’re destined for as a manager, we’ve got some tips for you…

Make preparation & planning a habit

Whether it’s your first day as a manager in a new company or you’ve been promoted at your current organisation, you’ll need to do some groundwork to prepare for your new role. Do some research into the company culture and/or team structure, and take the time to get to know each team member one-on-one and learn about their strengths.

In order to decide on what actions are essential for positive change, you will need to plan ahead, scheduling weekly/monthly meetings and setting team goals. After all, being a decisive manager contributes to your credibility and fosters trust in your team members.

I'm a manager... Now what?

Encourage open communication & feedback

While you’re learning the ropes, you’ll need the support of your team more than ever. Show them the value of effective communication by giving clear direction and keeping them fully informed of deadlines, goals and priorities.

Instil a feedback-rich culture from the very beginning by welcoming questions and feedback, and offering the same on a regular basis. Canvass input from your team on topics such as study, training and resources, and let them know that you’re dedicated to working with them towards positive outcomes.

Promote an environment of learning & development

Whether it’s additional training, seminars or part-time courses, encourage your team to explore new methods for reaching their career goals. As a manager, the onus will be on you to take initiative and lead by example, so it’s important to seek out new knowledge and learn what you can.

You’ll be in a great position to enrol in a short course to keep up to date with industry knowledge or move onto postgraduate study. Many professionals find great benefits in gaining an MBA or qualification in management while they work to master the art of leadership.

Be a mentor & offer professional guidance

Now that you’re manager, you’ll need to turn your attention onto your team and make yourself available to them. A good manager also acts as a mentor, so invest your time in each person’s aspirations and development within the company.

When someone excels in a task or goes above and beyond their role’s requirement, always offer positive reinforcement– it’s the key to team motivation and showing that you’re committed to their progress.