Companies often make changes to their organization structure at the beginning of the year. The new calendar represents a fresh start for leadership changes to happen.
On occasion, people are promoted to managing the team they once were part of. That transition can be awkward, but it doesn’t have to be. The biggest obstacle to overcome is determining how to be friends with the workers they supervise while still having their respect when asking them to complete specific tasks.
As a new boss, or the boss of the new boss, keep these three tips in mind to make the transition easier.
Leadership Tip #1
New bosses must carefully navigate the path of friendship with coworkers.
It’s important to have a good, friendly, and professional working relationship, but it’s not necessary to maintain a “best-of-buddies” bond outside the office. What’s best for the business may not be best for the friendship, so workable expectations and boundaries must be set.
Leadership Tip #2
New bosses must work at earning the trust and respect of employees every day.
Doing these 10 actions show exceptional leadership and will help earn your team’s trust and respect:
- Be reliable; do what you say you will do and follow up.
- Be available and approachable to listen.
- Set clear expectations on the work to be done; hold workers accountable.
- Roll up your sleeves and lend a hand when the crew needs help.
- Be respectful. Treat people as you like to be treated and speak to them as they like to be spoken to.
- Show you care by humanizing your messages.
- Practice humility and give credit where credit is due.
- Use mistakes as an opportunity to teach and coach.
- Show genuine appreciation and recognition for a job well done.
- Be fair and consistent in everything you do. The perception of favoritism will tear a team apart and negatively affect the outcome of any work project.
Leadership Tip #3
Always make decisions that are best for the business.
Be respectful of how your decisions affect employees, but don’t compromise your values when making them just based on popularity. Be clear that business concerns come before personal ones. Remember, how you handle this transition is critical to your long-term effectiveness as a leader.