Being a good manager for the first time can be exciting, but it is daunting and terrifying for most people. However, we’re all humans and you cannot expect to be an expert in something you have never done before.

At some point, you will fail. Everyone does. However, remember to fail fast, but learn faster.

Focus on growth and development

  • Embrace a learning mindset: Accept that you’ll have much to learn, and actively seek opportunities to grow through books, courses, or mentors.
  • Invest in your team’s development: Show genuine interest in their career aspirations and invest in their skills and knowledge through training or resources.

Build strong relationships

  • Get to know your team: Schedule individual meetings to understand their strengths, weaknesses, and preferred communication styles.
  • Foster open communication: Create a safe space for honest feedback and open dialogue, both ways. Actively listen to their concerns and ideas.
  • Delegate effectively: Trust your team members and empower them to take ownership of tasks.

Create a vision

  • Define what success looks like: Translate that into specific and achievable goals.
  • Communicate your vision: Talk to all the relevant stakeholders and help people understand how these goals will lead to success.

Create the strategy

  • Strategies are not scary: A vision is your destination, whereas a strategy is how you will get there. Create a list of tasks that will ensure your team achieves the vision.

Lead by example

  • Practice good work ethic: Show dedication, punctuality, and a positive attitude to set the tone for your team.
  • Be clear and concise: Clearly communicate goals, expectations, and deadlines to avoid confusion and ensure alignment.
  • Hold yourself accountable: Take responsibility for your decisions and mistakes, and demonstrate a willingness to learn and improve.

Support and empower your team

  • Provide regular feedback: Offer constructive criticism and positive reinforcement to help them grow and improve.
  • Celebrate successes: Recognise and acknowledge individual and team achievements to boost morale and motivation.
  • Offer support and guidance: Be approachable and available to assist your team with challenges and roadblocks.

Focus on results

  • Set clear goals and objectives: Define achievable goals and track progress to measure success and identify areas for improvement.
  • Prioritise effectively: Help your team manage their workload and focus on tasks that deliver the most significant impact.
  • Be results-oriented: While maintaining a positive work environment, emphasise achieving goals and delivering impactful outcomes.

Bonus tips

  • Build relationships with your manager and peers: Seek guidance and support from experienced colleagues and managers.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help: No one expects you to have all the answers. Seek help from your team, manager, or outside resources when needed.
  • Stay flexible and adaptable: Be prepared to adjust your approach and strategies as needed based on situations and feedback.
David Hodder - Being A Good First Time Manager
Categories: Project Management