It has been interesting to watch the change in perspective as my next-gen peers who once described senior management in their firms as “incapable” now struggle with the same issues when they become responsible for managing people.
Advancing your career often means, at some point, you find yourself managing others. Here are some tips for those who find themselves in this position.
Remember where you came from. If a management role came through an internal promotion, you have built-in credibility, as your team has likely seen you in action. It can also be a motivational play for them, as they have seen someone excel and be rewarded. Some may try to abuse this, though, and not follow your directions. In these cases, set clear expectations and firm boundaries. Also, remember to be respectful of those who helped you get there. Far too often, tension is caused by managers alienating the people who helped them get where they are.
On the flip side, be sure not to reward only those who have assisted your climb to power. One of the best managers I had was one of my peers at a job during college. He never tried to abuse his position, but he did make it clear that he was now in charge, which we respected because he was a tireless worker.
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Also, be careful about shaking things up all at once—some changes may need to be made, but people dislike change, and too much can cause resentment.