Survival Tips For First-Time Managers

by Chandler Barr Mar 16,2016

The People Strategy Leaders Podcast

with Srikant Chellappa, CEO

Have you been promoted to your first management position? Good management is really important for any kind of business. It is an overwhelming experience for first-time managers because of the new responsibilities that they are going to take care of.

If you are looking for some useful tips for first-time managers, then you are in the right place.

1. Be Open To Learning

You might have worked really hard to get promoted as a manager. But accept that you have a lot of things to learn as a new manager and always be open to learning new things. Learn from other managers at your organization, learn from your boss, and learn from your team. Do not limit yourself.

2. Encourage Feedback

For a new manager, it is important to know from time to time how they are doing in their new position. So ask your fellow managers and your team to give you feedback about you. Encourage negative feedback, be positive about the feedback received and try to improve yourself at every step.

Also Read: Employee Feedback:The Do’s And Don’ts Of It

3. Know your Team

The most important responsibility of a manager is to know his team. So get to know your team better; know their strengths and weaknesses. Try to improve your team and yourself from time to time.

4. Keep Your Emotions At Bay

When you are managing a team, sometimes it is hard to keep your emotions in check. Seek guidance from your seniors and colleagues on how to stay patient and not to lose cool during trying situations. This also helps you enhance your leadership skills.

Also Read: 5 Things To Look For In An OKR Software

5. Find A Mentor

Everyone needs a mentor in life, especially when they are going to do something new. So find someone who you value as a manager and approach them to see if they can support you. You can learn a lot from experienced managers.

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Chandler Barr
VP of Sales

Chandler Barr is the VP of Sales at Engagedly and is focused on driving a culture of progress over perfection in a no-fault environment where employees are secure and encouraged to think creatively to solve problems. Chandler is a seasoned leader that has scaled sales teams for SaaS startups and multibillion-dollar publicly traded tech companies, as well as, led Marines to accomplish the mission during hardships overseas.

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