Becoming a manager for the first time? Your opening months will give you a chance to set out your vision and inspire your colleagues.
While your opening days as a new manager will be a whirlwind – filled with meetings, introductions and goal-setting – it is also the prime opportunity to demonstrate your leadership style and establish yourself among your peers.
The obvious questions you may ask yourself are:
- What should I have achieved in this period?
- How can I overcome initial hurdles?
- How can I gain the respect of my colleagues?
The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has published a short guide to help you through.
Assess the organisation
As a priority, you will want to gather as much information about the organisation as possible. You’ll discover what’s working and what’s not, building the context and understanding that will help you discover gaps and bring your own ideas to the table.
Learn how your team fits into the wider organisation, which departments your team communicates with, and how your role supports the overarching aims of the company.
You’ll also want to meet with senior managers and develop a plan, setting short- and medium-term targets and working out how these relate to the organisation’s broader goals.