The most common misconception about managers and leaders is that they can order what they want from others. This is completely wrong and the manager who believes in this has not understood their main role. The role of a manager is not to order others but to guide their people to stay effective in their work. The value of a manager depends on the work performance of their team members. A good manager will encourage their team members to work in collaboration to achieve faster and effective work results.
Here are some ways to lead a team as a first-time manager:
Move from details to the big picture:
The worst mistake most first-time managers do is that neglect to focus on the big picture due to worry of handling huge workloads and stress. Rather than focusing on the micro details of the project, they believe that the skills that helped them to gain the position of manager will help them succeed in the role. Earlier you had a role to focus on a very small part of the project but as a manager, you have to expand your focus. You have to train hard and improve your skills to stay effective in the role of a manager.
Use “We” instead of “I” or “They”:
Your way of using pronounce at the workplace shows your personality as a manager. Encourage your people to work in collaboration to achieve faster and effective work results. Do not encourage individual work because it takes more time and energy to complete a task. Focus on building the concept of collective work in the office that can help your business to achieve higher growth.
Learn to listen:
Along with the skills of effective communication, active listening is also necessary if you want to stay effective in the role of manager. When your people share their issues or problems related to their work then it’s crucial to listen to their problems carefully to respond knowledgeably. Also, it makes others feel valued that their manager is trying to resolve their issues and they stay loyal to their manager and the business for the long run.
Find your leadership style:
“A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit,” said Arnold H. Glasow.
To become an effective and successful business leader, you must try to obtain the skills of self-awareness first. You need to identify your strengths and weaknesses that will give you a better understanding of your own personality. This will help you to communicate with your team more effectively and you will get the chance to guide your team members to achieve better career growth.
One of the best examples of a successful leader is Muskowekwan First Nation Chief Reginald Bellrose who is running for the head of the AFN. As an advisor to Above Food, Chief Reginald Bellrose will help facilitate the development and implementation of a First Nations food brand, creating significant economic opportunities for First Nations.