You’ve probably heard the saying “what got you here, won’t get you there,” – and I’m here to tell you it’s true. You may have been terrific in your previous role - a real stand-out performer – that’s what got you promoted. But being responsible for the results of a team (even a team of one), is very different than being responsible for your results alone. If you think you can be a successful manager by doing the same things that made you outstanding in your previous role, you are about to find yourself full of frustration and job dissatisfaction. This is the reality many new supervisors and managers face at one point or another, soon after being promoted.
The skills and job practices you employed to succeed in your previous role are not the same skills that are required in your new role as a manager. Whether you are a first-time supervisor or an experienced middle-manager, utilizing the skills it takes to effectively lead takes time and practice. Learning to navigate your new role as a manager can be tough. While there are many skills required to be effective, these four foundational skills will help you avoid the most common rookie mistakes.
1. Manage Your Time
Time management is an important part of being productive both at work and at home and can be a huge help in reaching your personal and professional goals. Focus on how you use your time - controlling your environment and work process - in order to minimize distractions and maximize efficiency. Remember, you can’t do everything on your own; you will need to rely on your employees to get things done and to be successful.
2. Manage Your Stress
Have you ever reached the point of diminishing returns because you are so stressed out? Stress can have a significant negative impact on your body and mind and lead to health problems. Reduce existing stress levels by maintaining your overall health, enjoying your leisure time and practicing active relaxation. It is also important that you learn how to avoid stress triggers.
3. Create the Right Culture
As a new manager, it is important that you establish and clearly communicate your expectations of a respectful workplace. Controlling dissension and the rumor mill, along with having an open door will encourage the right culture. Ensuring your team understands your values and ethics will also help you establish the right culture.
4. Encourage Creative Problem-Solving
While you may have known all the answers in your previous role, it is important to remember that you don’t have to know all the answers. By using creative problem-solving techniques, you can encourage your team to come up with alternative solutions by thinking outside the box and developing fresh ideas.
Congratulations on your new role as a manager. You can avoid many sleepless nights and work frustrations if you acknowledge that the skills that got you promoted, won’t make you successful in your new role. It takes time and dedication to learning and practicing the skills that will make you an awesome manager. Start today by learning more on how to avoid these rookie mistakes and learn how to manage your time, stress, and create a culture that will make you successful.
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