From Peer to Superior Transitioning Smoothly from Colleague to Manager
Some newly promoted managers experience a bit of a power rush. They start exercising their management muscles by ordering everyone around and being publicly critical of even the most minor mistakes. Understandably, their former colleagues may get a little upset by this behaviour! On the flip side, some new managers focus on just becoming everyone’s friend, which can hamstring their ability to make a hard, but necessary business decision. In both scenarios, working relationships can become strained or, worst case, break down altogether – disastrous for the organisation’s performance.
So, how can you make the transition from colleague to manager, without alienating the team or impacting your organisation’s performance? In this course, we discuss why this can be one of the most difficult moves in your management career. You will review the issues, when you encounter them and the reasons why.
We will also encourage you to reflect on your fears about being a manager and what this means to how you handle being the leader. We then guide you through methods which will help you earn trust and respect from your team, whilst demonstrating your leadership and authority without creating conflict.
By the end of this course you have:
- Appreciated the sources of the difficulties in becoming a manager for the first time
- Understood what the team expects and needs from you as leader
- Clarity about what you need from the team – and how to communicate it to them
- Adapted your communication style appropriately for the changes in your relationships
- Developed the mindset of a successful first line leader
- A strategy for defusing and resolving difficult situations