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How to Manage People Who Are Your Former Peers


How to Manage People Who Are Your Former Peers

Becoming a manager or boss is a very exciting transition that every ordinary employee looks forward to. For some, however, it’s also a nerve-wracking one. When you realize that you’re about to manage those people who used to be your co-workers and peers, you’ll probably start to feel anxious about becoming a manager.

Throughout this process, you’ve got to establish not only your authority, but your credibility as well. Make sure you don’t act like your promotion has gone to your head.

Below are some basic rules that will help make this transition easier for you:

Prepare Everyone for the Transition

In most organizations, there is someone responsible for announcing a promotion. But if there’s none in your company, it means that it’s up to you how you’re going to let everyone know about your promotion. This doesn’t mean you should send an email to all saying you’re the boss now. Discuss this matter with your HR head or your boss so they could guide you in this process.

Take It Slow at First

You may have a lot of ideas on how you want to manage your team, but it’s not a good idea to introduce major changes so soon. It’s important that you establish your authority first and wait for the right time to impose your leadership. Make a few small decisions at first and prepare your team members mentally for the important overhauls that are about to take place under your leadership.

Establish Your New Authority

You can’t gain authority just by showing everyone that you’re already in charge. You need to do things that will give everyone a feel of how you’re going to be as a boss. You could meet with your team, whether individually or as a group, and let them know about your vision. During those meetings, show your listening skills as well. Let them talk about how they feel about the transition and also ask them what their expectations are.

Slowly Distance Yourself

Perhaps this is one of the most challenging parts of becoming a manager. As you are now in a leadership position, you cannot anymore be the same person you were before. Sadly, you can’t continue having the kind of relationships you had in the past. However, this doesn’t mean you should cut your ties with your former peers. The challenge here is how you’re going to act professionally with the people you have personal connections with.

Do Not Take for Granted the Disappointed Competitor

Once you’ve assumed a higher position through a promotion, there could be another person feeling disappointed about not getting the opportunity. To be a good leader, you should also be good at managing people who aren’t happy about your promotion. Make them feel that they are valued members of your team and that you’re going to need their help to achieve your goals for the organization.

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