Top 10 tips for a new manager
A role in management can be challenging. Whether you’re new to the business or accepting a promotion with additional responsibilities, we have put together ten tips for new managers.
- Training is always useful
Across the country, there are hundreds of useful training courses on offer – including the leadership and management courses offered here at Frosch Learning. In addition to the new skills you’ll learn in such a course, you’ll show your seniors that you’re passionate about development and growth.
- Don’t let the power go to your head
As much as you’ll appreciate the additional powers and responsibilities you have as a manager, you need to be careful that your new role does not go to your head. Be relatable and approachable, and you’ll be able to liaise with your colleagues and get the results you need.
- Don’t be afraid to exercise your power
As a manager, there will be times when you need to exercise your power and authority, so don’t be afraid to do so when necessary. If you can’t give direction and feedback to your employees, or you can’t address issues with performance or punctuality, you won’t fulfil your role effectively.
- Get to know your colleagues
One of the best ways to improve the effectiveness of your management is to get to know your employees. Through carefully planned staff get-togethers, socialising events and one-to-one meetings, you’ll be able to understand the strengths and weaknesses of your employees and find out what they need from you in the process.
- Understand your role
Although the most important aspect of your role is to manage others, your boss is likely to have clear expectations and objectives that they would like you to meet. Understanding these will allow you fulfil your role to the best of your ability.
- Work out the culture of the organisation
When you enter a new role, it is important that you adapt to the culture and attitudes of the existing employees. Your new peers are likely to be useful in helping you understand the inner workings of your organisation, but be sure to throw yourself in deep to enhance your understanding of the company.
- Look to your role models
The chances are, you’ve probably worked for a range of managers throughout your life, so take the best parts of each one and try to avoid their bad habits and shortfalls. If you have a managerial role model, focus on them to get you through the difficult beginning weeks in a new management role.
- Compare your leadership
As any new manager will discover, it is likely that employees will have become accustomed to a particular managerial style. To allow them to adapt more easily, you should encourage discussion regarding your management and that of their previous manager, and take onboard feedback.
- Talk to staff who applied for the management job
Although some managers may find this uncomfortable, talking to staff members who applied for the same managerial position you were offered can be useful. Acknowledge their disappointment, and ask for their ideas to make them feel like they are part of the process.
- Don’t make too many changes at once
Even if you have hundreds of ideas for change, be careful about implementing organisational changes too quickly. Instead, take time, ask for feedback and roll out your changes over a longer period to give employees a chance to adapt.
By following our useful tips, you’ll be able to deliver clear and effective management that will impact on the success of your organisation.