CHALLENGES FACED BY YOUNG LEADERS IN TODAY’S WORKPLACE :
Becoming a manager for the first time is a big change and with change comes challenges. Overcoming those challenges helps you to learn, grow and develop. Having perseverance is a big part of being a leader.
Here are the Challenges First-time managers may face:
- Effective Communication: Building effective communication with your employees will give you a strong foundation in your new role as a manager. The way we speak and the way we listen plays an integral part in the team. As a new manager, it’s important for you to understand the communication dynamics on your team so you can optimize the strengths and find ways to improve any weaker areas.
- You Are a Leader: Shifting your mindset along with your new role is essential. In your old role as an employee, your main focus was on accomplishing your tasks. Now, your main focus is on helping others accomplish their tasks. It’s your responsibility to oversee and guide your team. Listen and pay attention to the needs of your employees to help them achieve the collective goals of your team.
- The pressure to Perform: One of the most nerve-racking things about being a first-time manager is the pressure to perform. You’ve been given an incredible opportunity, and now you want to show that you were worth it. Becoming a leader is a learning process, and you will learn the most from the experience you gain as you go along.
- Shifting From Coworker to Boss: In a situation where you’ve been promoted internally to a management position, you might end up with some former coworkers on your team. This is a common situation and can be awkward to navigate. Remember that even though you’re a manager, you’re still a member of the team that you’re leading. Your role on the team is to support your employees and ensure that they have everything they need to succeed.
- Manage Your time: Remember that even though you’re a manager, you’re still a member of the team that you’re leading. Your role on the team is to support your employees and ensure that they have everything they need to succeed. Management is a two-way street, and the success of your team is as dependent on you as yours is on them.
- Setting Clear Goals: One of the main tasks of a young manager is to set clear goals and expectations. Part of that is making sure that your employees have clear directions and common goals. It’s important to make setting goals a team effort.
- Encourage Productivity: As a manager, a key to your success is to make all your team members as productive as possible. This can be a challenge because all of your team members may have different needs and work in different ways, some people like being given specific instructions, some people like to have more autonomy. It’s important for you to create an environment that’s good for everyone.
- Ask For Help: You might feel pressure to have all the answers in your new managerial role, but it’s okay if you don’t. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Seek out opportunities that can help you and your team succeed.
A LEADER IS THE ONE, WHO KNOWS THE WAY, GOES THE WAY AND SHOW THE WAY
-John c. Maxwell.