It’s exciting to transition into a leadership role at work, but being put in charge is also stressful. When your staff is looking to you, you must be ready to become a strong leader. These five tips can ease your transition into taking the helm.
Be realistic – your transition won’t be a flawless one.
You will make mistakes. Things will feel awkward for a little while as you settle into your new role. There’s nothing wrong with that. Leaders are still human. If you’re willing to own up to errors and power through awkward moments, you will be a more relatable and inspiring leader.
Avoid being “bossy” or a know-it all.
Respecting and supporting your team earns you more respect and keeps your staff motivated. Effective leaders don’t just bark orders at staff or insist that staff do everything their way. Give your employees room to grow while providing guidance and support. You’ll be surprised how great they do.
Leave room for disagreement.
Out of conflict, great ideas are often born. Don’t try to squash dissent or act like a dictator. Provide room for people to speak their minds and don’t always assume your way is the only way.
Be eager to learn.
You are in charge now, but you can still learn from others. Tap into all of the resources at your disposal to learn as much as you can, as quickly as you can. Find a mentor who can guide you. Listen to your staff. Take advantage of leadership seminars. If you work to improve yourself, you will improve the performance of your entire team.
Believe in your abilities.
Show confidence as a leader so your staff will respect you and embrace your new leadership role. Know you have earned your position and are ready to be the leader you hoped to one day become.
Having a great staff is one of the keys to being a great leader. The Reserves Network will help you find qualified candidates to hire you for your team who will excel under your leadership. Contact our staffing service today to discover how our staffing professionals can help you to hire employees you’ll be proud to lead.