They were promoted or took over the management of the family business. You have thousands of ideas, you want to renew all processes, expand the company, win customers… but you are at a crossroads. You assume that a team work, now you are the boss and you are insecure because you don’t know how to deal with your new subordinates. And now?
«The growth of companies and their businesses creates new teams and the urgent need for leaders. Promotions are frequent and many professionals can be found for the first time in leadership positions,” says Ana Guimarães, specialist in financial market recruitment at consulting firm Robert Half.
“Anyone who takes on a management position is almost always a professional who excels technically or is already regarded as the natural leader of the team. Therefore, promotion to coordinator or manager is a natural recognition“, It says.
What to do when taking over a work team?
Although it is a natural recognition, it is quite common for the professional to have some experience uncertainty when taking over a team. Those who take this position for the first time can follow some advice, says the expert.
“As a manager, the professional has to remember that he knows this difficulties his subordinates because he was one of them. Your role as a leader now is to help the team improve on their weaknesses and learn,” he says.
Observing other company executives who are management models of people and who are showing good results, it can also help someone who is taking on this responsibility for the first time. Knowing how to delegate is an important mindset.
“A newly promoted manager is a professional that is above average. From the moment he takes the lead, his challenge will be not to take on the duties of the entire team,” Guimarães adds.
What should be avoided?
Knowing how to behave in front of a work team is just as important as the knowledge What you are not allowed to do:
- See employees as fair subordinates and not as part of a transmission.
- say one thing and do it another different.
- don’t devote weather to the team members.
- assume a delegated task on the other hand.
- location labels (competent, incompetent, lazy) to the people on the team.
Another very important factor is to understand that you train as a manager and therefore you can make mistakes. «The exchange with the team is very enriching, as it will help with the induction of the new boss. The demand is very high, but the return can be very rewarding. Good leaders are known for keeping and attracting people. This ability is highly valued in the market,” summarizes the recruitment specialist.