As you begin your new role as manager, you are probably quickly noticing that managing people is the hardest part of your job. It can be overwhelming to think that your success is completely dependent upon the performance of others. Furthermore, it can feel awkward to manage people that might be older and more experienced than you. In addition, you are likely to come across peers and colleagues that don’t agree with your ideas. All that said, how is a new manager supposed to survive much less be successful? The following three strategies will help a new manager become a more confident and effective leader.
1. Understand That It’s Not All About You
Oftentimes new managers are so worried about proving themselves that they focus completely on their own position and not those of their team. Instead, try shifting your focus to the mindset that “It’s not about me. It’s about you.” This is a strategy that will help you to build trust and rapport with your team. It is so easy to be self-absorbed in trying to prove your value, but instead consider the perspective of team members and take into account their needs, skills, and preferences. This mindset will go a long way in motivating your employees and it will set the tone for your new role as manager.
2. Learn To Communicate Effectively
Your success as manager depends largely on your ability to communicate effectively with your team. While this may sound obvious, many managers struggle with this part of their job. Set clear goals and expectations for your team and learn how to convey these expectations with a positive tone. Also, take time to listen to your team and let their voices be heard. They might be able to offer plausible suggestions and a good manager honors the ideas of their team members. Take time each day to talk with your team and discuss goals for that day. By communicating with your team on a routine basis, you are letting them know exactly what is expected of them.
3. Make Yourself Present
All too often managers sit in their office with a closed door and only communicate with their team through email. This kind of management can make your team resentful and feel as though you don’t know what is going on because you are not there. Instead, make your presence known by having face-to-face conversations with your team on a regular basis. This strategy, also known as Management by Walking Around, involves taking time each day to drop in on team members to see what is actually happening in the workplace. The key to this strategy is not to come off as threatening and critical, but rather interested and helpful. By taking the time to speak one-on-one with your team you are showing a genuine interest in their success while making them feel as if you are actively engaged in their work.
Your strategic focus as a new manager should involve building strong communication and working relationships with your team. Relationships that are founded on mutual trust and respect will lead to greater performance.