How best to transition from peer to manager

Written on: 7 February 2019
Written by:Freya King

First of all, being promoted is a fantastic achievement, so don’t forget to take the time to celebrate! If you’re a new manager, it can also be a time of new situations that can be tricky to navigate. It is normal to find it strange at first that the people who were once your peers are now under your management.

Be confident

Don’t fall into the trap of feeling like you don’t deserve to be in your new position of influence. You’ve worked hard to be where you are now, so it is important that you display confidence from the very start of your new challenge.

Establish your credibility

It can be quite daunting to take the first steps into management, but you need to demonstrate leadership skills from the outset in order to earn respect from your employees. If possible, organise a meeting to formally reintroduce yourself to the team. This will allow you to manage everyone’s expectations and outline your initial goals.

Set your boundaries

Although your relationships with your co-workers will be well established by now, your promotion will bring about a shift in dynamics. This doesn’t mean that you should stop interacting with your colleagues on a social level, but it is important not to let friendships get in the way of taking charge of the team. A change of status is only awkward if you make it awkward.

Don’t take yourself too seriously

While it is essential to lay down some boundaries when you start your new leadership role, you should always remember where you have come from. Treat your employees with humility and understanding; a bit of humour never goes amiss when transitioning from peer to manager.

Balance your workload

The social change from co-worker to boss isn’t the only shift that comes with a big promotion. It can also be very difficult to balance your attention between supervising others and getting your individual work done. Create a schedule to help you divide your time across all areas of business.

Use your experience

By working your way through the ranks, you already have an advantage over someone coming directly into a managerial role. Your in-depth experience of your department will provide you with empathy and insider knowledge, and when this is combined with your new influence, you can incite real positive change.

Written on: 7 February 2019
Written by:Freya King