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Do's and Don'ts for First Time Managers

How can you ensure that you're doing a good job with your leadership now that you have been promoted to a manager? Below are some key tips and tricks to follow while you're leading a team.


Keep in the mind that the team’s success is your success. Blur the lines that separate you from your team and relish working together as one while watching your team members flourish under your leadership.

Spend time getting to know your team members. Understand their strengths and delegate responsibilities accordingly, In doing so, you can watch the harmony unfold where burnout is avoided and responsibilities are met.

Be the cheerleader, and applaud every employee. Shower your team with gratitude by affirming their value. A simple acknowledgment can resonate with your team, fostering a positive and motivated ensemble.

Your demeanour sets the tempo for your team's performance. Even when faced with uncertainty, radiate confidence and show them that you can be their anchor. In the face of ambiguity, instil a sense of security and assurance. Stay poised, stay confident, and witness your team harmonise to your composed confidence.

Effective communication is the backbone of any successful team. Be clear, concise, and open in your communication. Foster a culture where ideas flow freely, and feedback is a two-way street.

Have a vision that inspires your team. Set clear goals and expectations to guide everyone in the same direction.

Encourage a collaborative atmosphere where every team member feels heard and valued. Your team is a diverse ensemble, each member contributing a unique instrument to the performance. Nurture an environment that celebrates this diversity.

Actions speak louder than words. Be the leader your team can look up to. Demonstrate the work ethic, integrity, and dedication you expect from your team. Show them the right tempo by leading through action.


Resist the urge to micromanage. Trust that your team members are skilled and responsible. Allow them the freedom to showcase their individual skills. Micromanagement can disrupt the flow, irritate your team and cause them to feel demotivated.

Don't neglect regular check-ins and feedback sessions. Keep the lines of communication open to avoid misunderstandings and to address concerns promptly. When you are met with any feedback, do not jump at your employees to defend yourself. Instead, take some time out to reflect and understand where they might be coming from.

Your position doesn't make you infallible or the best. Be open to feedback and willing to learn from your team. A manager who thinks they know it all can create a dissonance within the team. Be open to making mistakes, learning from someone who is younger than you or who has less experience than you to ensure that the team is content and feel like equals.

Instead of pointing fingers, focus on finding solutions and learning from missteps.

Create an environment where failure is seen as an opportunity for growth. Do not constantly speak about how you are unhappy with work, rather how the mistakes can be corrected for everyone to be better.

Don't get stuck in a monotonous routine. Encourage innovation and creativity within your team. Embrace change and adapt your leadership style to suit different situations and the team’s needs.

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