5 Essential Tips For New Managers

New managers have a lot of new worries. How can you demonstrate your professionalism, managerial skills, and organizational skills? Most novice managers do not know or even think about the psychological aspects of team management. We collected advice and recommendations for novice managers from seasoned pros. Here are five tips to help you navigate managing a team for the first time.

1. Choose a Democratic Management Style

Neew managers should first decide what kind of manager they will be. Generally, there are three management styles: authoritarian, liberal, and democratic.

3 Management Styles

AuthoritarianDemocraticLiberal
Decisions are made solely by the managerDecisions are made collectivelyTeam makes decisions on its own
The manager maintains strict control over tasksThe manager oversees tasks, but the team maintains independenceThe role of the manager is minimal

Of the three styles, it is the democratic manager who can provide a comfortable working atmosphere and maximum efficiency. With democracy in a team, the boss:

  • Does not give orders like a drill sergeant
  • Grants subordinates the authority to work independently
  • Involves employees in solving organizational issues
  • Encourages creative ideas and initiatives
  • Builds trusting relationships with colleagues
  • Keeps the team informed about broader goals and initiatives
  • Sees and helps to unleash the potential of employees

A democratic management style makes subordinates feel more like partners. For new managers, this style will become the key to your team’s success. Above all, do not forget to listen to the suggestions of the team entrusted to you.

Read more: Agile Project Management Methodology & Principles

2. Motivate Through Collaboration

Collaboration makes your employees feel important. If a worker feels like just another cog in a colossal mechanism, they’re unlikely have enthusiasm for their work. When subordinates become essential participants in the overall process, they will approach work more responsibly.

If employees are underperforming, the democratic manager does not publicly scold them or fire them. Instead, they meet with the employee to clarify what is wrong, and then collaboratively come up with a strategy to improve performance.

Read more: How to Create a Culture of Accountability in Your Remote Team

3. Build a Super Team

When you are a new manager, you don’t always get to choose your team. If you do, you want to form the team that will best succeed in projects. To do this, select people with skills that don’t necessarily overlap, and then provide your team members with all the support and assistance they need.

Be patient when a team member needs guidance on how to use technical tools — they’re an essential part of your unit, and will shine in other ways! One way to encourage team collaboration is to organize multilingual meetings and events. Tool like InterpretCloud can make this happen.

Read more: How to Build and Manage a Remote International Team

4. Do Not Be Arrogant

This recommendation is for new managers who have been promoted to lead their peers. The feeling of power can turn your head, but this should be a temporary effect. Competent new managers:

  • Recognize that a promotion is not a crown, and they are not the ruler of the world
  • Understand that a new position is a big responsibility
  • Consider their personal experience from before the promotion
  • Continue to work on themselves to improve individual and professional skills
  • Do not abuse their position
  • Believe they do not know everything better than others

Employees don’t expect new managers to know everything. Humility and a collaborative spirit will go a long way.

Read more: How to Avoid Blockers on a Project

5. Maintain a Professional Distance

Finding the perfect balance between friendship and management is not easy. Some new managers build friendships with just a few subordinates, inadvertently creating negative attitudes among other employees. This isn’t to say that there should be no familiarity in the team. Instead, maintain a friendly business culture built on relationships of mutual respect. Only when you build businesslike, genuine relationships with your subordinates can you succeed further on. Be professional!

Read next: How to Identify and Prevent Employee Burnout

Keep Learning

There is much more to being a manager than telling people what to do. As a manager, you should be ready to set goals and KPIs for the team, transform dreams into straightforward tasks, and motivate team members to solve problems collectively.

But if you have the right managerial style, the right collaboration tools, and the right attitude, you’ll be successful as a new manager. Once you’ve mastered these tips, you will be the manager everyone wants to have.

Hanna Bennett

Hanna is an HR Generalist who oversees the areas of Global HR Operations, Compensation & Benefits, Employee Safety, and HR Compliance. Effectively balancing big-picture thinking and strategic planning with hands-on execution has allowed Hanna to combine decisiveness, strong business acumen, and formal education to achieve objectives both professionally and personally.

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