View from the Bridge: Yesterday a colleague, today a boss. Now what?
November 28th, 2018
A WORD FROM THE TOP
As more and more Millennials take on leadership roles within their companies there’s a good chance that they will be put into the challenging position of suddenly having to manage their friends and co-workers. Over the last couple of years we’ve seen a significant increase in calls from organizations facing this very real situation.
In one extreme case, promoting peers into management roles led to bullying and harassment, inappropriate behavior and it undermined the company’s overall productivity and morale. All of this impacted their bottom line in a negative way. The senior executive team made the decision to bring in external leadership training for their new managers and team leads with a goal to help everyone get “onto the same page”. This was accomplished through a customized program designed as a series of workshops along with some one-on-one coaching for the new managers.
It is clear that many new managers do not know how to transition from working as part of a peer group into a leadership role. Providing them with the tools and the skills as part of their promotion will set them and the company up for success. Below is a great article that begins to address some of the challenges and solutions new managers will face.
Enjoy the read and please feel free to give us a call if you have any questions about developing a leadership plan for your “up and coming leaders”.
YESTERDAY A COLLEAGUE, TODAY YOU’RE THE BOSS. NOW WHAT?
Credit: David Lee, TLNT“How do you handle it when you are now supervising your former teammates?” is one of the top five questions I get when teaching supervisory skills.
This situation is understandably awkward for both the person who got promoted and those who now have to answer to this person, especially if a former peer also applied for the supervisory position.So what do you do?
Here are some practical tips for navigating this challenging situation:
Avoid the temptation to demonstrate that you are now “The Boss”—This is virtually guaranteed to trigger anger, resentment, and the relentless pursuit of opportunities to make your life difficult. It also communicates insecurity and weakness. Truly confident people don’t have to boss or push people around.