Starting a new job or being promoted to manager can be both exciting and intimidating, as you have the responsibility to set company standards and give direction. It can be challenging trying to balance making a positive first impression while managing new employees and building a solid relationship with senior management in the early days.
Here are tips on how to start strong during the first week of being a new leader.
1) Get clarity in your new role and your teams’ roles
Find out what’s expected from you in your new role and learn what tasks your team is responsible for. Employees don’t want to report to a boss that doesn’t know what they’re supposed to be doing. Become familiar with the daily tasks you will oversee. Have a conversation with your boss and peers to learn the company’s goals and how those align with your teams’ goals.
Whether you’re working remotely, in-office, or in a hybrid environment, you want to be prepared on your first day by clearly understanding your responsibilities and what people will expect from you. (Check out Tips for Your First Day at a New Job for additional advice).
2) Introduce yourself to your team
In the first few days, make a strong effort to introduce yourself to your entire team and department(s). Familiarize your colleagues with your background, where you came from, and your experience. You want to establish your credibility and trust from day one.
Plan to schedule one-on-ones with your team members throughout the week. Listen and learn people’s names, roles, and preferred communication styles. This will help create a comfortable, honest channel of communication off the bat. You want to come off approachable so your team and colleagues can come to you with any feedback, comments, questions, or concerns.
3) Learn the company’s culture
Every company has a different culture, and what works for one may not work for another. Take time to learn what the company’s environment is. Is it motivating, progressive, nurturing, or does it need some fine-tuning? Ask questions to learn what works and doesn’t work for the company and your team so you know what you need to do to maintain or help build a positive company culture.
4) Set an example for model behavior
Setting an example for your team is extremely important as a manager. You want to play the role where people can look up to you and inspire others. Even if it just means doing the small stuff such as meeting deadlines or showing up promptly and being prepared for meetings. Leading by example shows others what you expect from them and will motivate others to want to do the same. As a manager, you’re representing your team, so you always want to make sure you put your best foot forward in all that you do, starting from day one.
Leading and building a high-performing team is a critical job in any organization. As a new manager, in the first few days of the job, you must show your team members that you’re qualified for the job and give them insight into what it’s like working with you. Remember you were hired for this managerial job based on your strong leadership, supervisory, and motivational skills, so show your new team how you drive and expect to see success!
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