Leading a team doesn’t come naturally to everyone. If you’ve been promoted at work and now find yourself in a position where colleagues are looking to you for guidance and management, you’ll want to make sure you’re doing the best job possible. For many, this takes a careful combination of experience, mentoring, self-awareness, and often a little extra education or training. Whether you’re already been promoted into a managerial position and want to make sure you’re giving it the best possible effort, or you’re hoping to put yourself forward for this kind of role, these tips will help get you there.
- Expand on what you know.
Many people get promoted to a managerial position and find that certain aspects of the job are more difficult than they first expected when they applied for the promotion. In this case, expanding your education and building on what you’ve learned so far both throughout your education and as a result of your workplace experience through auditing courses or other specialist online courses can help you build your skill set on your own time. This is especially useful for those in less senior positions who want to become more employable or rise in their company – these kinds of qualifications can make you a valuable asset to a wide range of businesses.
- Know your team well. Assuming your managing a small enough team that this is feasible, make a serious effort to get to know every member of your team as well as possible. Find out what their key strengths and weaknesses are so you can delegate tasks in the most efficient and effective way, and work out who amongst the team will go that extra mile when you need help pushing hard after hours before a big deadline. This doesn’t just apply to work; show interest in their lives, hobbies, and families. Knowing your team as employees and as individuals will help them feel more connected to you which in turn should improve morale, while also giving you the opportunity to know how to lead your team and company toward success.
- Be open to feedback.
The worst managers are often those who ignore their team members’ feedback and critiques of certain projects. If an employee comes to you and points out an issue with a project or a particular problem they’ve spotted, be willing to hear their thoughts and take them on board. This applies to new ideas, too – sometimes a quiet team member may come up with a killer idea if you give them the opportunity to open up and if you ensure that everyone feels able to speak their mind.
- Keep communication flowing.
Breakdowns in communication can lead even the most promising projects to failure. Have a plan for communication with your team that ensures that everyone knows how to reach one another and that every cog in the wheel is keeping each other up to date when necessary. Develop a system that works well for your specific team and project; and be willing to re-assess if it doesn’t seem to be functioning as planned. Call regular meetings and schedule them clearly into your team calendar to make sure that everyone is on the same page and that good communication is being upheld on every level.