Is this the right season to move into management? Making the move may generate fresh challenges and place new responsibilities on your shoulders, but always know the rewards can be great too. Preparation and a willingness to learn new skills are key to ensuring you adapt and contribute successfully as part of the management structure of your company.
Hone your management skills
Regardless of what course /degree/diploma you have prior to taking up your current role, you simply must keep your management skills up to date. There are plenty of part-time management courses and recognised qualifications which can be undertaken in your own time. Asking your company for support in terms of coaching, mentoring or training so you can develop the skills required to perform your role effectively is really important.
Soft skills are a premium
People skills are essential for anyone wishing to succeed in a managerial role. Your capacity to listen, have the right heart, combined with your ability to deliver a point or message in a positive way so that whoever reports to you will have a shining example of what they, in turn, could aspire to one day. An ability to solve problems and think laterally will also stand in your favour as a manager’s life is often messy, complicated and yet rewarding.
Know what you want and what’s expected of you
Moving into management will place a greater amount of daily challenges. Understand your company’s immediate and long-term work priorities and In turn, you need to clearly communicate your specific and measurable goals to your new team.
Time to let go
Delegation, delegation, delegation … this is key to a successful transition into any management role. You may have been the very best at what you once did but now someone else needs to take up that role and you need to empower and inspire them to do just that. Effective delegating is about using your experience to guide others.
Learn to lead
Moving into a management role you will be expected to become a leader, communicating a vision of success, enabling your team to do their best work and inspiring others to achieve their potential. It’s no easy task but to be an effective manager, incorporate leadership skills (like organisation, planning, problem-solving and team motivation) into your management style so that you can successfully grow and develop the people around you.
Take the practical route
If you find there’s no room in your current organisation to move into a management position, try looking at a career move to an SME. This might provide you with the opportunity to kick-start your management career, boost your CV with a management role and gain the experience you are looking for.
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