Making the move into senior management may generate fresh challenges and place new responsibilities on your shoulders. Preparation and a willingness to learn new skills will help you adapt and contribute successfully in your new role.
We’ve compiled a few tips to help make that transition a little smoother.
Are there any courses you can go on?
Ask your company for support in terms of coaching, mentoring or training, so that you can develop the skills required to perform your role effectively. Don’t feel you are showing weakness in asking for this – quite the opposite – it will show you are taking your new challenges seriously and are looking at long term actions in order to perform at your best.
Don’t forget your people skills
People skills are essential for anyone wishing to succeed in a managerial role. Your capacity to really listen combined with your ability to deliver a point or message in a positive way is an essential trait.
Think outside the box
You’ve probably already shown you can think outside the box, as this is one of many skills required to stand out from your business peers, but don’t lose confidence in yourself now you are working with senior and executive level colleagues who may have been working at this level for considerably longer than yourself. Your ability to solve problems and think laterally will always stand in your favour.
Know what you want and what’s expected of you
Moving into a senior management role will see you faced with a greater level of challenges on a daily basis. It’s essential you understand your company’s immediate and long term work priorities. You also need to clearly communicate your specific and measurable goals to your new team.
Delegation does not mean losing control
Delegation is key to a successful transition into any senior management role. You may have been the very best at what you once did, but now someone else needs to take up that role and you need to empower and inspire them to do just that. Effective delegating is about using your experience to guide others, dictating the ‘what’ (outcome) and ‘why’ (purpose) but allowing people to choose the ‘how’ (method) for themselves.
Learn to lead
Moving into a senior management means you have become a leader within your company. You will be expected to communicate a vision of success, enabling your team to do their best work and inspiring others to achieve their potential. To be an effective leader, learn how to incorporate leadership skills into your management style so that you can successfully grow and develop the people you manage.