What tips do you have for a first-time manager?
PREPARING to take on your first management role, take the time to reflect on your experiences with other managers. What did they do that helped you achieve your best and what did they do that demotivated you? Use these experiences to mould the way you manage your own staff. Generally, you will get the best results from your staff when they feel they have your support, respect and trust. Don’t be afraid to ask for help – managing can be tough. Seek ways to develop management skills, including further training or coaching and mentoring from those more experienced than yourself.
Mid-career KELLIE RIGG General manager HR Solutions Randstad
BECOMING a manager for the first time is exciting and daunting. You’re faced with the challenge of managing those who were once your co-workers and although you may have fantastic existing relationships, your role and expectations need to change and a shift in focus is required. Take time to get to know the individuals on your team and their roles, contributions, motivations, skills and training needs. Successful managers communicate openly and build trust and respect from people in their team. Be patient – becoming an effective manager will take time and effort.
Experienced TIM ROCHE Practice leader, Right Management Career Transition
IT’S your first time in a leadership role and you’re wondering what your approach should be? Create a vision for your team aligned to the organisational vision. Communicate it clearly and concisely. Assist your team to understand how their role contributes to that overall vision. Set clearly defined performance expectations for each role. It is important to be authentic and, above all, be consistent in your approach. Keep in mind you will make mistakes and continue to learn, regardless of how long you have been a leader, so acknowledge when things do not go to plan and adjust your approach accordingly.
The Expert MICHELLE BENTLEY General manager, Donington transition and outplacement
LESSONS, skills and knowledge learnt early in the transition to management form foundations that remain fundamental throughout a career. It is important to be a ready learner, keen to reflect and honestly review your and others’ management and leadership practices. Start the way you mean to go on, as others’ expectations may be founded on first impressions. Be a consistently positive role model and walk the talk. Carefully observe what is going on around you and listen more than you talk. Be aware of gut feelings as they are often a good measure of what’s right.