Being a first-time manager is not an easy task. You will be making a lot of decisions on your own – things may not turn out like you want them to. And you will probably encounter more failure than success. But it’s important to never falter and lose your way. Here are some tips to make first-time managers better leaders for the future.
1. Never be afraid to ask questions: It’s difficult to grasp the nuances of management in a short period. It’s something you gain through years of experience. Ask questions of seniors and the team under your leadership. Consider every new day an opportunity to learn something new. Be receptive to constructive feedback and use it to propel your career forward.
2. Become a strong communicator: A manager loses out on a lot of value if he can’t communicate well. Make sure you are able to communicate project goals and deadlines in a well-defined manner. All members on your team should be on the same page as you when it comes to deliverables.
3. Lead from the front: Every team member admires a leader who inspires and motivates. Be at your friendly best to win the approval of all around! And most important of all, acquire the skills to resolve issues at the earliest, setting the perfect example for others to follow.
4. Be quick to recognize achievements of team members: The easiest way to win the approval of your team is to shower them with praise. Praise them at every given opportunity to make them feel positive and motivated.
5. Be quick and firm about your decisions: Decisions are often made after several rounds of thoughts in your mind. Don’t spend too much time making a decision! Learn to be quick and stick to your decisions at all times!
6. Build personal relationships: Communicate with each member on a personal level. Show them you are available not just as a manager but as a reliable friend as well. This step makes sure employees begin to value their relationship with you.
7. Learn to delegate tasks when required: It’s important you delegate some of your tasks to members of your team. Trust them to do a good job of performing tasks to your expectations. A word of caution though – avoid delegating all your duties! It will set a bad precedent and team members will think you don’t work at all!
8. Build an environment suitable for learning: Nurture your team and provide them with the necessary tools required to develop their technical and creative skills. This will ensure they become more innovative in their approach to work. A definite win-win situation for you!