Being a manager is often said to be one of the most difficult but rewarding professional roles. Management training can help you set a road map for your new position, but it won't necessarily make it easier.
A good way to start your managerial experience is to think about people who have managed you in the past, including those who were effective and those who weren't. What did they do that worked? What didn't work? How did they keep you motivated or not motivated?
The next step is to think about the staff that you'll be managing. Consider how each member of the team can be best managed. An important thing to remember is that there is no one style that will work for every employee. You need to adjust your style to respond to the needs of each individual you manage.
Finally, be patient and communicate, communicate, communicate. Remember to discuss roles, set expectations, and deliver feedback.
Mindy Gikas is MD of HR at Ogilvy PR Worldwide.
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