Moving into a management role maybe something you have always aimed for.  Or it could be something circumstances have forced onto you – for instance setting up a business and taking on your first member of staff.

However it happend there are a few things you need to take into consideration to make your transition a success.

Relationships Will Change

Where once you were a team player, you are now the leader of the team.  Team dynamics will change as you get used to your role and the team get used to you being in that role.  You will now have to deliver good and bad news to your staff – pay review news, managing sickness, supporting staff through difficult times and possibly disciplinary meetings.

You still need to be part of the team, but also you need to apart from the team. Take some time to consider the change in your role, the affect it may have on team dynamics and how you will  handle these changes.

New Skills and Knowledge

You will need to pick up some new skills and knowledge for the new role.  You may have been technically brilliant at working within the team, but a new skill set is required to lead a team.

HR laws and employee rights will be right at the top.  You now need to manage teams effectively and within the policies and procedures of your company.  Hopefully these are aligned with employment law.  Health and Safety and Data Protection ,may once have been an online course you did once a year.  Now you need to be living them and leading by example.  Be prepared to be challenged by your staff as to what you are and are not allowed to do.

From being a team player you are now leading a team, so skills such as coaching, listening, decision making  and communication (to name a few) will now be vital to your role.

Prepare yourself for a lot of ongoing learning and revision around the skills you need to be an effective leader.

Earn Respect

Being in a leadership role brings new powers.  But don’t let this new found power go to your head.  You must remain logical and fair minded to everyone who you come into contact with.

Management today is much more about communication, collaboration, emotional intelligence and cultural awareness.  It is not the autocratic ‘do as I say’ style we used to see.

Using your power in the wrong way will have detrimental effects on your team.  Have a good think about your self-confidence and self-esteem. Are these where they need to be in order to use power effectively?

Moving into a management role may feel both daunting and exciting at the same time.  As with all change take time to understand the implications and identify the skills and knowledge you need to make it a success.

If you need help putting a management training programme together then do get in touch.