Have you been recently promoted to a managerial or leadership position? Congratulations! Now that your hard work has paid off, now’s not the time to stop and relax. The weight of responsibility can be overwhelming.
To make sure you can lead a team to success, here are some tips on how to be a good leader in your company:
Don’t let your ego run the show. Never let the promotion blur your vision of success for the company. Now that you’ve been given more responsibility, it’s time to take action and prove to your colleagues that you are a successful leader. But being a great leader takes time. Don’t be afraid to hear your team members out, especially when a concern arises. Be patient, be humble, and accept suggestions from other people.
Be open to new knowledge. Just because you’re now in an upper-level position doesn’t mean you don’t have to continue learning. Get to know the new business environment of the company, and the politics, culture and strategies. Hold meetings with your team members from time to time if you want to improve your skills and abilities as a leader. Employee feedback can be invaluable.
Grow your network. Don’t close your doors to anyone—this includes new allies who will be there to support you and your target goals for the department or business you’re managing. Get yourself out there, meet people in the company, and brush shoulders with other prominent business leaders to help improve your leadership skills.
If you’re leading a new group of employees, introduce yourself politely. Address all the necessary issues to help build rapport with your team. Feel free to ask them out for a quick coffee break to get to know them better. It’s important to know what your team members are thinking about if you’re working to achieve positive results.