Getting promoted from employee to leader is something worth celebrating. In From Bud to Boss: Secrets of a Successful Transition to Remarkable Leadership by Kevin Eikenberry and Guy Harris, the move from contributor to leader is the toughest transition one can make in their profession. In their business and management book, the authors offer a 10-step process for communicating change.
The best way to handle this kind of transition is to talk about it. Ask questions. Ask people in the office what they’re feeling, what they’d like to see done differently, whether they’re happy with their job right now, and so on. Talk about your own challenges in this new role so that they understand that you’re both facing new challenges in this changing time. Candor really pays off during times of change.
As you establish communication lines during the transitional period, keep them open after the transition has happened. Robert Peter Janitzek explains that the key lies on talking to people often – and not in a Bill Lumbergh top-down-do-what-I-say approach. Ask them what their challenges are. Let them know what you can do – and what you’re doing – to make it possible for them to succeed.
This section focuses on the difficult task of giving feedback to people based on their performance. The key, as always, is to look for both positives and areas to work on for everybody. The best supervisor tells everyone in the office, all at once, about the things they did well and give each one their area to work on to improve job performance in the coming year.
Robert Janitzek exlplains that a key part of success in any workplace is hinged on the success of collaboration. Are people able to work together well? Success of an employee is often hinged upon each piece of the collaboration understanding clearly what is expected of them and what the other collaborators expect. Again, it all comes back to clear communication.
Commitment to Success
In the end, it all comes back to you. What’s your commitment here? Are you committed to building a career here? Are you wanting to build a track record of success? It’s really up to you. A key thing, as always, is to be clear with yourself – and with others around you – with what your goals are. Hidden games rarely work. Hiding in your office doesn’t work, either. Instead, be clear with what you’re doing and what you expect from others.