The Vital Skills New Managers Need

new manager skills

Did you just land your first ever manager position?

Congratulations! It was probably a long time coming, but all the hard work has finally paid off. Now you’re a manager within the organisation, and you can execute your master plan.

However, it’s likely you’ll find out quickly that’s it’s not as easy as your predecessor made it out to be. You’ll learn that there are some essential skills new managers need before they become great leaders.

So what are these qualities you should develop? Getting up to speed as the boss can be time-consuming, but make sure you block out some hours to work on the vital skills new managers need to be successful in their role.

Establish Yourself as an Authority Figure

If you’ve risen through the ranks of the organisation, then you’ll need to remember that everyone around you will only know you from your previous role. Start your new manager role by establishing authority. This doesn’t mean being a dictator. It means standing up for your people and setting the direction for them. The more you do this, the more likely they are to follow you.

Avoid Imposter Syndrome

You might know imposter syndrome as self-doubt. It’s when you live in fear of being found out as a fraud. This feeling is natural, not just for new managers but also for those who have been doing their job for years. It’s important to know everything you can about imposter syndrome so that you can identify it and then dismiss it once it starts taking over your thoughts.

Over Communicate

Communication styles are skills new managers need to develop immediately. Not only will you want to keep all of your direct reports in the loop, but you also need to know how to best communicate with your boss. There are also your peers who will want to know what is happening in your space. You can’t provide a blanket statement to everyone. You’re going to need to learn what’s important to each of your stakeholders and then establish the best way to communicate with them.

Set Some Goals

Once you’ve got an overview of the team, you’ll want to set some goals so you know where you want to take them. If it’s a sales team, it might be to improve conversion or volumes. For a customer service team, it might be to enhance the experience of your buyers. Don’t overcommit though. Start by setting one goal that you want to focus your energy on that align with the overall business strategy.

Create a Strategy

Setting a goal is one thing, but you should also map out a strategy of how you’re going to achieve it. You might want to bring your team into the conversation on this one. How will you all work together to achieve the goal, and what steps do you need to take to be successful? This becomes your strategy, and it’s how you’ll manage the team for the remainder of the period.

Listen to Your People

Listening is often an underrated skill for managers, new and old. Your people will have voices they want to be heard. Take the time to connect with them, listen to their concerns, and explore their suggestions. The more you show you listen, the more likely they are to follow you as a leader.

More Skills New Managers Need to Learn

There are plenty of skills new managers need to learn, but they should also never stop trying to improve themselves throughout their career. Your development is just as important as your direct reports, so make sure to carve some time out of your week to work on yourself.

If you need help developing new skills, make sure you’re following the Better Boss Blog. You’ll find tips and advice on how to develop yourself as a new leader. Follow pwf services on Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook, so you never miss a post.

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