You have the power to act, but how they interpret you depends on how you use your power. Remember to start small, co-opt challenging employees, and to always give your team the autonomy they deserve.
- In your first few weeks as a leader,…you face what look like opposing goals.…On the one hand,…you must establish quality rapport with your team.…You have to create open communication…and be seen as genuine and authentic.…On the other hand, you have to establish…that you're the boss.…You have to clarify real goals and expectations,…and yes, you need to find a proper way…to assert your authority.…In reality, they're not competing goals.…Let's talk about what authority means…and then consider a few ways you can assert your authority…in a productive way.…
Authority is seen as the legitimate right of a person…to exercise influence and make decisions.…For example, managers typically have the authority…to assign work, hire employees,…or order materials and supplies.…However, just because you have authority,…does not mean life is now easy.…You need to understand how to use authority effectively.…To begin, think about starting small.…As a new manager, you have a choice.…You can do a cannonball and jump in the deep end…
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- Establish identity as a manager.
- Identify best practices for clarifying performance expectations.
- List effective communication tips.
- Articulate the main elements of effective feedback.
- Define rapport.
- Distinguish types of decision-making styles.
- Signal fairness and integrity.
- Articulate how to best assert authority.