When you take the next step, and the people who were once your peers become your direct reports, a combination of emotions can occur. Fear. Excitement. You might even get some imposter syndrome in there. It’s going to depend on what your existing relationships were like with your peers. If you had a good relationship with them, then the transition from peer to manager should be easy. If it wasn’t, then you’ve got some work ahead of you.
Meet With Your Peer As A Manager
It’s important that you start building a new rapport with your direct reports as a leader. Even if you had a good relationship with them. They need assurance that you’re the right person for the job. You need them on your side if you’re going to achieve anything. That’s why it’s important to start with your team.
Meet With Your New Peer As A Manager
Moving into a new role, it’s likely you’re going to have new peers. You should meet with them as soon as you can. Find out how they work. Learn how they work with your new boss. What is the best way to work with them? What do they expect from the team you manage? It’s important to have good relationships with them, as you will need them as much as they need you if the company is going to achieve any sort of success.
Meet With Your New Boss
Next is to meet your new manager. You might have only got an opinion of them from the interview process. However, it’s unlikely they showed all of their cards. Find out what their expectations are and what they define as success. This is all you need to formulate a plan. Between your direct reports and your peers, you’ll be able to work out how you’re going to make their dream a reality.
Making the Transition From a Peer to a Manager
Going from a peer to a manager can be simple if you have a great team to manage. But it can be a disaster if your people don’t respect you or don’t see you as a leader. The same goes for your peers. It’s important to start off on the right foot. Otherwise, it can be a very steep hill to climb.
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