Promotion from a mere employee to manager for the first time is quite daunting. It takes skills, aptitude, smarts and experience to move up the corporate ladder. However, this transition from a lower level staff to becoming a manager comes with its own challenges as a completely new role means that you have to master certain new skills from the start.
Managing people can be both rewarding and interesting experience, as it can be a frustrating and a draining one. A few things that a brand new manager needs to do to navigate successfully in the managerial waters.
Get Yourself Ready before the Actual Promotion
Start reading up on the topic, taking courses and learning from others above you as if you are offered a promotion and you are not prepared for it then you might as well want to kick yourself for not taking the initiative to learn when you had the time.
Understand that this is also a New Job
Even though you are likely to be overseeing a department, where you worked in a non-managerial position before. You have to remember that you are no longer in your previous position and now are a manager overseeing all the other non-managerial staff and you need to master this new job the same you succeeded in the previous one.
Learn Situational Leadership
As a manager, you need to learn how to manage each employee under you i.e. the level of direction and instructions they require.
Practice Active Listening
This is one of the most important skills to master as a leader.
Get to know the Employees on both a business and a personal level, as this is an important step in building a solid foundation of trust and rapport between an employee and the manager.
Remember that as a brand new manager, you will get no glory for the role other than the satisfaction of helping others learn to realize their full potential.