For most people, when it comes to their jobs, they are hoping, planning and in many ways, anticipating a forward trajectory. And no matter what industry you’re in, that typically means a graduation or promotion into a management position.
Management roles are highly sought after, not only for the higher pay, but also for the potential for growth. However, every great manager was a first-time manager at some point, and we are willing to bet they may not have been a great one. So how do you avoid those mistakes yourself? Simple, you review these helpful tips to help you when you step into your first management role.
Get Ready Before You Get Promoted
Most of these promotions do not come as a surprise, rather they are sought after by an ambitious employee. So, if you are applying for a promotion or think you may be up for one, it is always advantageous to get a sense of what you are in for and prepare, that way you can hit the ground running.
Learn Situational Leadership
This is a key skill for any manager, yet, it is one that is often overlooked. Situational leadership refers to the ability to manage each employee based on those individual employee needs. While in some ways this may seem counter-intuitive to not treat everyone the same, not every employee is the same and will likely respond differently to different management styles.
Get to Know Your Employees
Typically, most people spend eight hours or 1/3 of their weekdays at work. Managers, well, that is often a much larger number. So, the fact that such a large chunk of time will be spent between you and your employees, it makes sense to get to know them on a more personal level. This will not only build goodwill with your staff, but also help you form a greater connection with them that will increase positivity and productivity as well.
Learn the Art of Active Listening
From counseling to therapy, conflict mediation and even law, the art of active listening can be one of the most valuable skills in a manager’s arsenal. The key is to remain completely focused on what you are being told and remember it, so you can take that information and use it actionably. And while it isn’t a stretch to imagine a manager’s time is a precious commodity, it is always important to stay in touch and informed about what is going on with your employees.
Treat Everyone With Respect
Although you may be someone’s superior at work, in the grand scheme of things, you are not better than anyone else, you just happen to have a job with more responsibility. It is for this reason treating everyone with respect is key, as not only will it help encourage a positive and productive workforce but can also help mitigate problems before they arise.
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