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August 20, 2017

Movin’ On Up!

Moving from a staff role to one of management and leadership can be challenging. Your new role changes others’ perceptions of you, and you may have former colleagues now working for you. Here are three tips to help you be more successful in your expanded role.Ladder of Success

  1. Get everyone on the same page. Explain to your team what your leadership role means and what your expectations are about department goals, deliverables, responsibilities, and interactions. Be open, transparent, and confident.
  2. Lead by example. Employees will look to you to determine how to act toward you in your new role. Be friendly and open with them, but establish clear boundaries when it comes to professional behavior. Avoid traps like gossiping, becoming part of cliques, and showing favoritism. See my blog post The Dangers of Office Gossip for more information.
  3. Stay positively productive. In your expanded role, you are accountable for not just your own deadlines, but that of your entire team. Set clear priorities, manage your time based on your most important tasks, and help your team to do so also. See my blog post How to Productively Manage Priorities for more information.

People expect you to always demonstrate management and leadership skills. There are no time-outs! This can be a challenge, especially when you are new to the role. See my blog post Are You Recognized as a Leader? for more information and check out my leadership program Leading Multi-generation Teams.


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