New leaders have a very tough job ahead of themselves. It means getting accustomed to your new role, plus building up trust, and earning your credibility all while getting results.
Achieving one or the other might seem reasonable but doing everything at once can be an overwhelming undertaking.
And whether you are new to the management position or not, establishing yourself within the organization can make or break your role, your team and possibly your company.
Your actions during the first few weeks and months will have a huge influence on whether you succeed or fail within your organization.
So, if you are organizing a new career track for yourself in a management role, here are some oversights that could save your reputation and even your career….
- Establishing your relationship with direct reports: Make sure that you have clear communication, especially when you go from being a coworker’s peer to their manager. Make sure you are clear on what you can or cannot discuss and what your expectations are of each other.
- Get the right support: Make sure you have the support of your manager’s and that you get together a strategy for your transition.
- Don’t change everything right away: You probably have a vision and are excited to make changes right away but that could irritate people so take your time and try to get team consent when you can.
- Don’t be too sociable: Developing friendships with your new staff can lead to trouble. You must keep a professional distance because you will need to make decisions on things that will impact them. Keep it warm and pleasant but do not become friends.
- Don’t be too overbearing: Don’t lose sight and abuse your authority in your new position. When you develop the right relationship with your team, they will follow.
- Make sure you deliver difficult feedback: As a new leader, you may feel insecure and not want to convey criticism to new employees. You must be direct or a problem will go unresolved which will cause everyone to become frustrated.
- You must deliver positive feedback: While you are doing a great job and wanting to accomplish many things, don’t forget to recognize your employee’s accomplishments. You don’t want your employees to only think you notice when there are problems.
- Don’t be too defensive: Just because others have disagreeing opinions, do not feel insecure or intimidated. Don’t let on you are bothered by a difference of opinion and who knows, someone just might have a good idea!
Being promoted to a leadership position, you will realize very quickly your responsibilities are very different from what they used to be. You will need a different perspective and set of skills to be effective.
Just know that mistakes will be made but, learning and recognizing some of these common missteps can help you become more productive earlier in your new position.
It is important not to second-guess yourself or focus on the wrong things and know that making a mistake can be a learning opportunity.
However, it’s taking the time to learn how to recognize and avoid common mistakes that can help you become productive and successful, and highly respected by your team.
How do you help new leaders be successful in their roles?
Dave Baney is the founder and CEO of 55 Questions, LLC and author of "The 3x5 Coach: A Practical Guide to Coaching Your Team for Greater Results and Happier People", which is now available in Paperback or a Kindle version at https://tinyurl.com/y8ecykfy