Congratulations, you’re transitioning into a new leadership role! While this may seem like a challenge, there are things to consider for a more seamless transition. As a new leader, the first impression you make with your team is crucial.
Get things started off on the right foot and remember the following:
Mistakes Are Inevitable
No one is perfect which means that you’ll make some mistakes. Own up to them with your team. Apologize for the error rather than make excuses. Further, you’ll want to correct the situation quickly and then put it to rest.
New leadership roles can render some awkward moments.
Your team will be use to the way things have been run in the past and it may be a challenge to win them over. People are often resistant to change. Don’t let the awkwardness deter you from leading your staff well.
Not everyone will agree with your decisions. Listen to the differing opinions of your team, validate their concerns, and adjust your plan if you see a need. As a leader, you will not always make everyone happy.
Make yourself accessible to your team. If you want to be an effective leader, then people need to feel comfortable enough to approach you. Take a sincere interest in your team and get to know them. Your efforts will be noticed and appreciated.
Provide Consistent Support
Encourage, support and coach your team in order to train them in their roles. If you choose a bossy approach, then you could lose their interest and respect. Listen to your staff and consider their feedback in order to foster continued growth.
Be a Fast Learner
As a new leader, you should attempt to learn your role quickly. Utilize the resources provided by your company and embrace any training they may offer. Don’t be shy to ask questions if it helps you to transition as a leader.
The Golden Rule
Treat people like you want to be treated, as the old saying goes. Reflect upon how you felt as an employee before you took on the new leadership role. Try to think of things to implement that would improve your team’s overall work experience.
As a new leader, you must believe in yourself and the message you have to share. The confidence that you exude will give your team a greater peace of mind. Finally, lead them well, and give yourself and your employees some grace during the transition.