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Starting out as a new manager?

Becoming a manager for the first time? Your opening months will give you a chance to set out your vision and inspire your colleagues.

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Arguably the toughest challenge for any new manager is getting colleagues on your side.

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.

Get your colleagues on board

Arguably the toughest challenge for any new manager is getting colleagues on your side. Building relationships of mutual respect requires honesty and integrity; it’s important for people to be able to trust your judgement and abilities.

Motivating colleagues is also identified as one of the hardest challenges for first-time managers. It will be useful if everyone in your team understands their own responsibilities and how their role fits within the team as a whole.

Checking in with colleagues regularly shows that you’re taking a clear interest in your team and their career aspirations.

Personal development

But your own development remains important too. Even though the opening weeks are hectic, you can still reflect on your progress.

It’s important not to burn out, despite the challenges that comes with management. A work-life balance is still achievable.

See the full article: CMI, The New Manager.

We recently published a short interview with the CEO of the Chartered Management Institute. See 60 Seconds with Ann Francke.