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8 Powerful Tips for Newly Promoted Leaders

You have been doing well at your job for a while, and one fine day, your boss announces to the whole office that you have been promoted. You feel happy but also very anxious because you are unprepared.

What should you do when you get promoted but haven't had time to prepare?

Ann Latham, president of the consulting firm Uncommon Clarity, Inc., says, “The biggest mistake you can make, especially when suddenly becoming a boss, is to convince yourself that it’s no big deal. Being smart and proficient at everything doesn’t necessarily make you a good boss because just one mistake can have very serious consequences for you, your colleagues, your subordinates, and the entire company.”

Understanding exactly what you will need to do can be the hardest part of the transition. Therefore, preparing yourself with the knowledge and understanding of these matters is the stepping stone to help you excel in your new position.

Below are 8 powerful pieces of advice from career experts that I’ve compiled for those who newly get promoted.

Promoted To be a Leader

Darcy Eikenberg, president of Coach Darcy company, shares her advice: “There might be someone in your company who you are sure would make a great manager even though you have never worked with him/her. Identify who is the trusted figure everyone goes to with questions, who is loved by the staff. That could be your role model, invite them for a coffee or lunch to share experiences. Pay attention to what they say, how they act, and also the things they don’t do.”

Don’t be too stressed about the new role. View this promotion as an opportunity to grow. You might surprise yourself and those around you,” said Victoria Ashford, a leadership coach.

What happens if you get promoted and never learn about managing people before? Stepping into a leadership role can be quite daunting! It’s not just about keeping things running smoothly but also about understanding the deeper aspects of management. This includes learning how your organization operates, making strategic decisions, and communicating effectively. Delving into the world of management can really help prepare you for the exciting responsibilities of leading a team.

Stephen R. Covey was a beloved American educator, author and businessman who once said “Management is efficient in climbing the ladder of success; Leadership determines whether the ladder is on the right wall or not.”

One of the joys of managing a team is discovering and nurturing individual strengths. When you align people’s roles with what they do best, not only do they thrive, but the entire team gets a boost in energy and productivity.

It’s like putting together a puzzle where every piece fits perfectly, creating a beautiful picture of teamwork and success.

Don’t think superficially that “Leaders are born, not made.” While some people may be born with tendencies and qualities of leadership, there are also many leaders who have had to learn to become one, and of course, you are no exception.

Whether you possess natural leadership qualities or you’re working to develop them, adopting a growth mindset means you’re always ready to grow and get better.

So:

    • Challenge yourself: Step out of your comfort zone by taking on new projects or roles that enhance your abilities. This will not only enhance your skills but also increase your confidence as a leader.
    • Take time to reflect on your experience. What lesson have you learned? What will you do differently next time? Reflection is a powerful tool for growth.
    • Instead of being afraid of failure, see mistakes as opportunities to learn. This change in perspective can significantly increase your willingness to innovate and test new approaches.

By openly sharing your journey and challenges as a manager, you invite your team to support and collaborate with you, fostering a transparent and trustworthy environment.

Not only does this help understand your employees, but it also gleans valuable insights that can move the team forward. Demonstrating your sincerity and commitment to the well-being of your team by regularly asking for their opinion and expressing gratitude can turn the traditional autocratic leadership style into a more comprehensive and effective style. By applying these methods, you create a supportive atmosphere where everyone is motivated to contribute to their full potential.

In the book “Reaching the Top: Strategies for Career Success,” Kathryn Ullrich, a recognized expert on career advancement, emphasizes the importance of delegation for managers. She advises:

“You need to ignore the small details and leave them to your employees. People suddenly become bosses when they are used to focusing on small things, but remember that now you are the manager, not the implementer.”

This highlights the critical shift in focus required when transitioning from an individual guidance contributor to a managerial role, underscoring the necessity of trusting your team with operational details while you concentrate on broader strategic issues.

Leadership is not about being in charge. It is about taking care of those in your charge.” – Simon Sinek

True leadership is all about making a positive difference in the lives of those around you. It’s about inspiring, guiding, and supporting others to grow both professionally and personally. By focusing on the impact you create, you can lead more effectively and fulfill the true essence of being a leader.

As a manager, see yourself as more than just a supervisor. You are a mentor and cheerleader for your team’s career dreams. By aligning with their career goals, you not only boost their enthusiasm but also enhance their contribution to the organization. As Les Brown, a motivational speaker and author, once said:

“Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours.”

With these 8 pieces of advice, we hope that newly promoted leaders can gain confidence in their roles and continue to strive for new heights.

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