5 important rules to become a good manager

5 important rules to become a good manager

You are now a manager. For the first time, you have several employees reporting to you. You are thrilled to take your career to the next level. But any new responsibility comes with a set of rules that you do not know. In fact, there are several things about a manager’s job that you probably have not heard much about before. Whether you are a natural-born manager or you have to learn step by step how to lead a team, the following five points are important. Your team must trust you. That’s why it’s good to find the balance between authority and the autonomy given to your team members, while working with them on each project.

1) You will get all the attention, so be balanced

As a manager you will be loved, hated, but never ignored. It can be an uncomfortable situation, especially when one of your goals is to be more visible to the company leaders. When you are in the spotlight, people are following you and forming opinions about you. This means that they „read” your words, actions and gestures more carefully than before. This is not necessarily a bad thing. You do not have to suddenly change your personality or censor your actions (in fact, both approaches can affect your performance). However, you have to recognize the impact you have on your colleagues in your new role and see the opportunity to contribute to the good working environment.

2) You will have to solve all kinds of problems, so be wise

As a manager you will find that some colleagues come to you with various professional and personal problems. You will hear things you have to analyze and decide what to do next if it’s the case. Any team member can come to you to tell you about their personal problems – from health problems to family life issues. As a manager, it’s not your job to solve all your colleagues’ problems. There may be occasions when it is appropriate to deal with a particular situation, but sometimes you have to direct them elsewhere (for example to the Human Resources department). The key is understanding the situation correctly. It may take time for you to get the right perspective on these matters. Just be aware that some of the decisions you make may have a big impact on the company.

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