Five tips for navigating the transition to management

November 22 2018
Five tips for navigating the transition to management

In professional circles, some people have always had their eyes set on a management position, whereas others can surprise themselves by emerging as leaders at work. Whichever category you fall into, there is no doubt that the shift from being a team member to manager is an exciting but complex process. 

With a new title, additional responsibilities and a likely bump-up in salary, you may be viewed differently by those within your team who have seen you jump, in simplified terms, from colleague to boss. 

To avoid any potential conflict or complications, we’ve put our heads together and come up with five handy pieces of advice that could help you approach your new position.  

Interact with team members individually

It’s likely you’ll have worked with at least some members of the team you’ll be managing but even though you now hold a leadership position, it’s important to speak with everyone individually to see if they have any concerns. Committing to some one-on-one time shows you care about them as a person, rather than just an employee. 

Set expectations immediately 

Get on the front foot right away and make it clear what you expect from your team. This doesn’t mean you have to rant and rave, but firmly outlining what you will and won’t accept is a good way to demonstrate authority and allow everybody to get on the same page. 

Be positive 

Show that you’re excited about your new position and the proposition of leading the team by emitting enthusiasm. Maintaining a positive outlook, whether it’s starting a new project, dealing with a problem or seeking feedback, can go a long way in motivating your team. 

Seek advice from a mentor

Just because you’ve earned yourself a promotion (congrats!), that’s no reason to stop learning. If you already have a mentor, great. If not, keep an eye out for someone who you respect in a similar line of work, or even just a successful person who you admire that could offer you some advice that could be applied to your current role. 

Embrace your authenticity  

Becoming a manager doesn’t mean you have to all of a sudden became totally authoritarian, especially if that isn’t your natural style of leading. Remember what qualities placed you in this position and play to your strengths – it’s why you were promoted in the first place.