Making the shift from working with your colleagues to suddenly being their boss can be a challenge.
It might also be difficult to make decisions on the organisation’s goals and strategy.
If you have a new manager in your team, empower them with the skills and knowledge to succeed by registering them for CCI’s Introduction to Supervision: Pathway to Management course.
Tactics that might assist you in dealing with this challenge include:
- Clearly identifying the organisations expectations of you with your manager or team leader. Then any action you take is in accordance with what is required of you as a part of your new role.
- Then make that transitional mind shift. You are now a team leader with new responsibilities.
- Establishing authority while remaining approachable. Very few can manage to be a mate and a team leader, especially when difficult decisions need to be made.
- Encouraging suggestions from team members of ways in which the team can be put into a better situation than it was before you were team leader. If, as a team leader, you know a reason why these suggestions may not be appropriate explain that to the team.
- Seek assistance from team members in their particular areas of expertise and recognise that assistance by giving the team members credit when it is due.
- Avoid making the mistakes you know the previous team leader made, especially if you complained about them.
- Develop and build a relationship with your up line manager. Presumably they are more experienced and you can learn from their experience.
- Seek out a mentor. Someone you trust and is highly regarded. Approach them to see if they would be available and willing to offer advice or guidance when you require assistance.
►Next available dates for CCI’s course – Introduction to Supervision: Pathway to Management – are April 27-28, May 29-30 or June 26-27.