You’ve had aspirations for a long time to become a manager. You have spent a long time managing your career, investing the time to learn new skills. You created a plan, which you diligently followed, and now you have received the promotion that you deserve. How can you transition from colleague to manager, without alienating those you are leaving behind? How can you successfully manage people who were once your peers? How can you grow into your managerial role?
Learn to Lead Yourself/Grow Your Role
The process of growing into a managerial role starts long before you ever receive a promotion. You start the process by first learning to lead yourself because you cannot successfully lead others if you have not first mastered leading yourself. Additionally, stay attuned to your work environment and start evolving your role, because most people have a certain amount of flexibility in adding more responsibilities to their position in the company. When evolving the role, be very strategic about it, aligning your additional responsibilities to the organization’s top strategic imperatives. Evolving your role, also forces you to push your boundaries, allowing you to grow beyond your comfort zone.
Learn about Human Behavior/Build Relationships
Take a course on human behavior to learn how to influence others. And read Robert Cialdini’s book, “Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion.” Regularly go out for coffee or to lunch with your colleagues to develop relationships with them, so they get to know and trust you. Be a go-to person for a specific thing that is in alignment with the company’s strategic imperatives. Do whatever you say you are going to do when you say you are going to do it, so people learn to count on you. Start mentoring a more junior person to take over your role, and find yourself a mentor, to help prepare you for a more senior role in the organization. When you take the time to develop another person, others are taking note, and you are also building goodwill at work.
Take More Risks/Learn from Failure
Take more risks at work because that's what great leaders do. Taking more risks also means that you will fail more, and make more mistakes. That’s okay, as long as you learn from the failures, and grow from them. If you experience more failure, then that also means that you are trying different things, which will enable you to drive innovation within the company, pushing it forward.
If you are consistently doing the activities in each of the three steps, when you receive a promotion, you will appear like the best and most logical choice to your colleagues, and they will be more accepting of you. These are a few ways of growing into a managerial role.