When promoted to become manager, you will face a lot of issues. One of which is having problem dealing with feedback, especially from your co-workers who were previously your peers, but now they are not really happy that you’ve been promoted. You and your boss discuss several issues, and you still cannot accept the feedback in the right way. You try to accept them and live with the fact that you’re going to receive a lot of them as a manager. Also, you were promoted because you were an excellent employee who showed very high productivity and amazing performance, and you are still working for newer challenges and competitions towards your goals. However, you don’t feel trusted and you think that the higher management is not sure of your abilities to take new decisions and handle bigger responsibility. How do you think you must deal with this situation and overcome similar obstacles?
Don’t worry. This is the situation that most new promoted managers face during the first period of their promotion. Before you get promoted, you have an idea about the work style of being a manager. When you become one, you get surprised by how different it is and how much skills are required, most of which you have never worked on. It is a normal thing for new managers and very difficult for people who have never failed or have never faced any kind of obstacles on their way to success.
To handle this situation and protect your reputation, you need to concentrate more on the group’s requirement and achievements instead of personal ones. No matter how much you have worked to reach this position and show more hard work, your main goal now is to inspire your staff to work harder and accomplish better results. It is true that some people are born leaders; however, managing a group of people is a lot different and requires self-education and practice. Do not hesitate to attend managing skills courses, search for successful managers and ask for their tips and advice in order to become a successful manager as well.
Finally, you must understand that feedback is not criticism. In other words, do not get offended every time you are given a comment. Higher management’s role is to help you get along with your new position. Accept suggestions and advice. If you are aiming at handling bigger responsibilities, than you will have to accept the worst feedback you receive.