5 Things NOT To Do As A New Manager
Updated: Nov 1, 2019
Understanding where your focus needs to be when you are new to a management position can be overwhelming at times. Prioritizing and not overthinking situations is beneficial to keeping your sanity. Here are 5 things to make sure that you're not doing while you are getting acclimated to your new management position.
1. Don’t go into the position trying to prove yourself
If they didn’t think that you was the right woman for the position, then you wouldn’t be there. Coming into a new management position (no matter what level) can feel a little intimidating. You’re now working with people who have been in their positions for years and it might feel like you’re behind, but you’re not. Experience comes with time. Take your time and learn from others. Your only competition should be yourself.
2. Don’t second guess your decision making
You’re in a leadership role to make decisions, so make them confidently. If you happen to make the wrong decision, or something not so great happens due to your decision making, own it and adjust. You can’t grow without making mistakes. You must understand that you’re not always going to get everything right. Not even seasoned leadership does. BUT....when you do get it right, celebrate yourself, because you knew you could do it!!
3. Don’t be afraid to ask for help
With being a new manager, you now have added responsibilities on your plate that you may not have had before. It may take some time to know how and what to prioritize, but while you’re figuring it out, make sure to ask for help when needed. Of course, none of us want to feel like we are asking too much, but instead of feeling like you’re drowning, ask for help!
4. Don’t talk down about previous management-especially to staff
We’ve all been there. We've disagreed with higher leadership or the previous management, but one sure way to damage relationships is to talk bad about it to other management and staff. You never know what those other relationship were like before you was in your role. Trust has a lot to do with how staff performs for you. If they hear you constantly talking down about upper management or not agreeing with decisions that the company has made, then they are going to start to lose trust in where they work. Even if you don’t agree with decisions that are being made, you must stay level headed and professional.
5. Don’t become a “Yes Woman”
This is the quickest way to become overwhelmed, frustrated, and burned-out. If you are constantly saying yes to taking on responsibilities, you will start to lose track of your priorities and may even be taken advantage of. You have to know and set clear boundaries. If it is a task that you can’t afford to say no to, then you must know when to delegate tasks to other people so that you can manage your workload.
Also, it’s respected if a manager challenges things and situations at times. Always push back and challenge (appropriately) when needed. Share out the box ideas when it comes to new policies or developments.
Don’t ever let anyone make feel like just because you’re a woman that emotionally you are not capable of performing well in a leadership position. Tell them to go kick rocks and continue being the amazing leader that you are!!
-Colby Jones, MHA