New to Management? What You Need to Know

July 14 2017

Becoming a manager is no small achievement. But the thrill of advancement can quickly wane if you're not prepared to face the challenges of the new position. Here are a few ways you can prepare yourself to be a better leader.

Expect Challenges
The transition to management can be a bumpy road. Balancing new job responsibilities isn't always easy, even when you have the power to delegate. How can you go about motivating your new team without alienating them while also meeting the higher expectations of your new position? Identify ways you can cultivate a stronger branch.

Learn to Communicate Effectively
You can't lead well if you can't connect. Make it a point to listen to team members and get to know them as individuals. Identify their strengths and weaknesses and figure out what they need from you to improve. If criticism is necessary, make it constructive. Avoid accusatory language; instead, always provide solutions and lead by example.

Do Your Homework
There are several valuable books on management, so don't be afraid to read up on the subject. A few high-ranking, reader favorites include the following:

  • "The One Minute Manager" by Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson -- Learn the basics of effective management and how to get the most out of your team.
  • "Start With Why" by Simon Sinek -- Before you tell them how, explain why.
  • "Leadership and Self-Deception" by The Arbinger Institute -- See how confirmation bias can skew your perception as a leader.

If reading doesn't suit your schedule, try listening to a management-focused podcast:

  • "What Great Bosses Know" -- Join Jill Geisler for practical lessons in management.
  • "Dose of Leadership" -- Richard Rierson's interviews with successful leaders can inspire and educate.
  • "Engaging Leader" -- Brush up on your communication and leadership skills with Jesse Lahey.