Sara El kareh
Everyone aims at getting promoted and becoming leaders. When they reach their goals, they will start facing some difficulties and unexpected changes as of the first day. However, those who are meant to be leaders do not go fast. In other words, they take their time to settle down as managers, plan their journey, set the limits and own it well.
Below are some problems that many managers face. In fact, it is not because of their lack of responsibility, but because there are common traps that must only be avoided:
- Do not make sudden decisions to apply changes. It is not right to come up with ideas that will serve you personally before the benefits of the office and employees. It is much better to start with minor changes, move to more important ones and then to bigger and key decisions. This way, employees won’t feel uncomfortable having to go through major changes every now and then.
- Do not choose a team of employees that you prefer as soon as you become leader. Doing that very soon will get you in trouble. Not all employees will accept it and hardworkers will take it very personal. Some will think that you are prefering others over them, which is disrespectful, demotivating and unfair.
- At the office, employees are use to specific typr of work and specific levels of performance. Do not try to play with the usual environment since it won’t help at the beginning. If you set new rules for performance very fast, some employees will panic, get stressed and won’t be able to show their skills. If they don’t accept you changes, you might be affecting their performance. Make sure to discuss this approach with higher authorities or experts and decide accordingly.
- Do not try to be the “boss”. In other words, don’t pretend to know everything. You will be true leader if you admit that there’s something you don’t know. Therefore, instead of replying to questions with silly and unsure answers, try to take the conversation to a point that you are sure of what you will be saying. After all, your employees know a lot and have the right to share their expertise and information. Never be the type of boss who thinks that no one knows anything except for him.