Stepping into a newposition? The first few weeks on the job can have a huge impact on just how much faith your employees and your boss have in your ability to handle your new gig. Follow this advice to start off on the right track:
• Don’t change who you are. You were promoted into the role as you are, so there is no need to change to fit some preconceived notion of what a leader looks, acts and sounds like. Yes, you need to be professional, decisive and tough (when necessary). Still, you will be a much more successful leader if you present your authentic self.
• Own who you are—warts and all. It’s difficult enough to manage a team for the first time, but if you are riddled with insecurities and self-doubt, you make the job much harder. Know your strengths and accept your weaknesses. Then openly work to make improvements by taking training and asking for coaching. Admit when you don’t know something, and ask for and accept advice. Your “realness” will make people trust you.
• Make your team the top priority. Your plans and decisions should always be in the best interest of your employees. You should never put your own agenda above the needs of your team, and you should work as hard as employees to meet goals. If you do those things, your employees will gladly follow your lead.
— Adapted from “Deceptively Simple Leadership Advice for New Managers,” Jennine Heller, Fast Company, www.fastcompany.com.