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How to lead former peers

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Once you receive a promotion into a management position, you likely will supervise the people who were once your coworkers and even friends. Follow these tips to handle the sometimes difficult—often awkward—transition:

  • Discuss how your role has changed. Gather your team to talk about how the team will now function. Establish your expectations and revisit your goals.
  • Set boundaries. While you don’t have to give up friendships you developed with employees when you were coworkers, you will have to treat everyone fairly and consistently to avoid claims of favoritism.
  • Be open. Talk to your new employees about how awkward parts of the change may be. Employees respect managers who are open and honest.
  • Find your style. Set the tone right away by making your management style clear. Are you more laidback or hard-nosed? Balance a strong hand with an approachable demeanor.

— Adapted from “How to Transition From Team Member to Manager,” Laurie Glover,

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