Learn how to start acting as a manager on day one, and step into management on the right foot.
- Let's get one thing straight. The assumption that the first 90 days are the honeymoon period is a fallacy, and here's why. The decision to award the position to you may not have been unanimous, or there may be people in the organization who believe the job should have been theirs. In either case, it's important to keep in mind that some in the organization may not be interested in helping you to succeed.
I'm going to share with you how you can overcome this by quickly establishing yourself as a leader and showing management that their decision to promote you was the right one. The first 90 days will set the stage for your performance as a leader. You need to build momentum from the get go, or you'll face an uphill climb for the rest of your tenure. First, you need to build productive relationships.
Ask any effective manager how she was able to succeed, and you'll hear her talk about the people she works with. That's because you can't be an effective manager without earning the support of others. Otherwise, you'll find yourself in the position of leading without anyone following you. Or worse, trying to operate without the support of your manager. You can quickly establish productive relationships by being respectful.
In this fast-paced world, some managers bark orders rather than asking their employees to do something in a respectful manner. Confident leaders don't yell at their employees in order to get them to take action. They use a respectful tone when asking their people to do something. Listen more, and talk less. Have you ever tried to have a relationship with someone who did all the talking? After a while, you probably walked away shaking your head.
Next, you'll have to establish credibility. Okay, so you've got the job title of manager. Now you have to prove you are worthy of the title. People may believe that you are technically or operationally sound, but now you must demonstrate that you have what it takes to be a leader. Here are there ways to quickly build credibility. Be yourself. Authenticity is a trait that is closely associated with being a magnetic leader.
Someone who pulls talent towards them and gets people to stay. Resist the temptation of becoming a replica of your boss, no matter how respected she is. Instead, be the best version of yourself. Be truthful. No one expects you to be perfect. When you make a mistake, own it. Work side by side with your staff. This will allow you to experience what it's like to be in their shoes and to demonstrate you understand firsthand what it's like to be them.
The first 90 days will no doubt be one heck of a ride, as you set the stage for your performance as a leader. There'll be plenty of ups and downs along the way. However, things will go a lot smoother if you focus on building relationships and establishing your credibility. Do this well and I promise you, the next 90 days, things will go much smoother.
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- Determine the best way to influence employee engagement.
- List three tactics used to increase employee commitment.
- Identify three ways to quickly build credibility.
- Name the four biggest challenges when managing former peers.
- Define “executive presence”.
- Recall three important considerations when assessing team members.