are not aware of the common pitfalls. However, if they take the time to understand what seasoned professionals have already learned, they can be better prepared to foster team cohesion from the start of the transition process.
Here are a handful of hints to keep in mind if a management promotion is on your horizon:
Engagement Can Be Tricky
There is always an adjustment period when a new manager comes onboard. If you have taken a leadership position that involves managing former peers, you need to be particularly mindful to set clear goals and establish a consistent leadership image. Prepare carefully for the transition period; re-affirm your leadership role through strong project management, consistency and confidence.
Sometimes a new manager is following a beloved employee and the team may need longer to adjust. Being sensitive to transition dynamics while easing into your own style is important. Make too many changes too quickly and you can do more harm than good. Creating team synergy takes time and knowledge. Professional mentoring may help build more effective communication and stronger engagement strategies.
Accountability Is Vital
With increased responsibility comes increased accountability. From goals you set for yourself to the expectations you set for your team, it is important to demonstrate consistent accountability standards across the board. With the recent focus on corporate integrity, building strong accountability is vital to maintaining longevity as a leader. Your reputation grows more important the more complex the challenges you and your team face.
Communication Is Complex
Communication strategies will differ from situation to situation. As a leader, you will need strong interpersonal skills and impeccable communication tools to build team cohesion and manage complex issues as they arise. The ability to adjust communication styles to accommodate a wide range of message recipients is a valuable asset.
Accessible and Available
Setting your schedule so that you make time for team members will bolster your leadership success. If your team sees that you are actively engaged in knowing them as individuals, as well as team participants, you will likely gain their trust and confidence. Loyalty and engagement are built when team members feel respected and appreciated for their contributions. For better or worse, your level of accessibility directly affects the level of engagement you foster. Top leaders know their team thoroughly and take an active role in building positive team relationships.
Knowledge Is Power
Acquiring knowledge and experience is part of the transition to a leadership position. Increasing your knowledge base will provide you with more perspective to read team dynamics, and it also tells your team that you can be trusted to stay relevant and ahead of market trends.
With preparation, newly promoted managers can foster more effective team engagement during their transition to a leadership role. A comprehensive knowledge base will help build a strong foundation. Meanwhile, mentoring and ongoing professional development can help in the development of a dynamic leadership strategy that evolves as needed.