Managing people can be a very rewarding and interesting experience if you have the right tools at your disposal. Remember, as a manager people look up to you as their role model. You become more of a leader and you have to express skills that you expect or would want the team that you are managing to enumerate. Outlined below are some things you need to do when you become a manager.
1. Assessment. Are you the kind of person who will become a good manager? Nobody is perfect and anyone can learn. You need to be honest with yourself if you have the skills it takes to be a manager. If you’re lacking skills, then you need to invest in your personal growth.
2. Learn as fast as you can, welcome critics and give useful feedback. Learn to adapt to new environments, allow people to question your ideas and be free to express your feedback. In short, be open-minded.
Introduction. It’s your new gig and you need to make it official. Have a brief introductory meeting and learn your team working styles. You being a boss is a big deal so keep your chin up.
3. Personality test. You need to know yourself better than how your team knows you. This also helps you to understand people and how to relate to them.
4. Touch base. Schedule a weekly touch base to keep track of projects, upcoming issues and how you can solve them before they occur.
5. Expectations. Being a new environment, people have no clue of what your expectations are unless you set them. Setting expectations means that you and your team have to work to achieve those expectations.
6. Delegation. The allocation of tasks is very crucial in the managerial field. You need to identify who fits where and why.
7. Meetings. Being a manager comes with loads of meetings and you need to schedule them regularly. You need to know what happens in every department and regular meetings will help you achieve that.
8. Learn the company’s process. This ranges from recruiting, training, hiring not to mention termination. You need to be familiar with all the company policies to handle the above. Beware of promotion, raise cycles and human resource policies.
9. Boundaries. The managerial role is not as easy as it sounds. You need to set clear boundaries to avoid emotion-based and biased decisions in your organization. Don’t forget to create self-care spaces since you’re dealing with a team with different characters. You need time to suck it all.