If your career goals include a promotion into, it’s never too early to start learning the skills you’ll need for those roles. Meghan Keaney Anderson cites several things she wishes she knew before she became a manager in her HubSpot article.
- Aim to be transformational rather than liked. A common misconception is that well-liked leaders produce better results. To be transformational, sometimes you have to make unpopular decisions. Putting too much importance on being liked will stand in your way of making important decisions. These decisions may not win you the “best co-worker” title, but they will help your team produce results and grow professionally.
- Coaches don’t couch. Leaders become good coaches by telling employees the hard feedback, and they don’t hide the unpleasant by couching things to soften the blow. However, before you give hard feedback, you must establish a relationship of trust. You don’t want the feedback to come off as an attack.
- Meetings really do matter. If you plan a meeting, make sure you come prepared. Your team will appreciate that the meeting had purpose and felt productive. Also, plan for interactivity to break up the monotony of you speaking the whole time.
- You can’t approach everyone the same way. Each member of your team is unique, so your approaches toward them need to be unique. Understanding your co-workers takes time and effort, so engage in conversation and pay close attention to their words and quirks.
— Adapted from “5 Key Things I Wish I Knew Before I Became a Manager,” Meghan Keaney Anderson, HubSpot.