Smoothly transition from co-worker to manager

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Landing a new management position is an exciting and rewarding moment for your career, but it can also be daunting. This is especially true if you are managing people who used to be your peers. One of the biggest tests new leaders can face is knowing how to go from being a co-worker to being a manager.

Here are 5 key leadership tips new managers should follow in order to successfully make the leap into management.

1.    Give your relationships a new perspective

Realise that the relationships with your co-workers will need to change. This doesn’t mean that you need to become the one “everyone hates”, but you may have to let go of being your peer’s daily confidante and realise you might become the person others talk about. Don’t allow previous work and/or friendships with former peers to influence your new responsibilities. You can step confidently into your new role as by honouring old office friendships without overindulging them.

2.    Schedule face-to-face meetings

Have one-on-one sit downs with staff members to address any concerns and talk about your vision for the team. In each meeting, the goal is to listen more and talk less so you can learn and build trust. 

It is also important to sit down with your new manager to fully understand his or her expectations as well as any strategic plans or goals set for you. By doing so, you can be more confident in your ability to lead, set expectations and give direction.

Find a positive leadership style. The best way to get support is to involve your team and welcome suggestions on how to move the group forward.

3.    Establish your authority

Demonstrating you’re in charge does not mean yelling out orders or being bossy. Being negative and criticizing your staff is a quick way to alienate them. Try to not come across as too demanding - instead of telling others what to do and how to do it, coach them. 

4.    Honour what is already in place

You probably have a lot of new ideas about how to lead the team, but try an incorporate as few major changes as possible at first. Identify small decisions you can make fairly quickly in order to establish trust and authority, but save the big changes for until you’ve been in the role longer.

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Negotiating a salary raise when promoted can be tough. The key to any salary negotiation is to gather as much information as possible. Read our tips on how to negotiate your salary and find out how much people in a similar function are earning by requesting a copy of the Robert Walters Salary Survey.

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