Are you an 'introverted' new manager?
Moving into a new management role can be difficult at the best of times but especially so for introverts. Here are a few ideas that may help you thrive...
1. A plan for energy management: Introverts may find leadership draining at times due to soooo many social interactions. It's crucial to schedule downtime for recharging and self-care. Don't have an open door policy!
Delegation is a fundamental skill in both personal and professional life, yet, for many, the act of delegating is accompanied by a nagging sense of guilt. Usually that you should be able to do it yourself or your team are too busy.
If you are a leader of a team or a business, here are a few good reasons why you SHOULD learn to delegate properly...
Now there's a question! I'd like to answer with a 100% yes to this question but sadly there are STILL many businesses and organisations that frown upon this and their managers often feel the need to project strength and confidence at all times. However, showing vulnerability can be a powerful tool in building trust, fostering teamwork, and inspiring growth.
Let's explore how embracing vulnerability can elevate our leadership:
As leaders, one of our most important roles is to support and uplift our team members, especially when they are facing challenges with performance. Instead of giving up, let's explore how we can empower and guide underperforming team members towards success:
💬 Provide Clear Feedback: Schedule one-on-one meetings to discuss their performance openly and constructively.
🎯 Set Achievable Goals: Work with them to set realistic and achievable targets to boost their confidence...
Let's face it, being a manager comes with its rewards, but it also brings immense responsibility and challenges that can lead to stress and burnout. As leaders, it's crucial to prioritize our well-being while steering our teams to success. Here are some valuable tips to tackle stress head-on:
🔹 Set boundaries: Learn to say no when necessary. This is really difficult for some leaders, especially new managers who feel like they need to be 'everything to everybody'.
🔹 Learn how to delegate effectively: If you find that delegated tasks often land back on your desk - you might want to look at the way you delegate...
Once upon a time, in the bustling town of Corporateville, there was a brand new manager named Tim. Freshly promoted, he had 🎇 in his 👀 & visions of greatness in his ❤️.
On his first day as manager, Tim strutted into the office with an air of confidence that rivaled a 🦚 in full display. He called for a 👥 meeting & announced, "From now on, we shall have daily affirmations & mandatory 💃 breaks to boost productivity!"
The team exchanged 🥴 glances, but they humored him, unsure of how this would lead them to success. Tim's attempts at leading these 🕺 breaks were more like a clunky 🐤 dance than a motivational masterpiece. But as the days went on, something unexpected happened - the team actually began to 🤣 the silly dance breaks. It brought 😂 & camaraderie to the office...
In any workplace, conflicts are bound to arise, and as managers, it is crucial that we address them effectively.
Whilst it can seem like ignoring conflicts is the easy root, it can lead to a toxic work environment, decreased productivity, and strained relationships. That's why mastering the art of conflict resolution is essential for promoting a harmonious and thriving workplace!
Addressing conflicts head-on is vital because it allows us to understand different perspectives, find common ground, and ultimately reach mutually beneficial solutions. By acknowledging conflicts, we create an environment where open communication and collaboration can flourish.
When faced with difficult conversations, here are some valuable tips to navigate them:
Let's dive into the wonderful world of RACI—a fantastic tool that will revolutionize the way you approach teamwork. 🌟
RACI stands for:
🔹 Responsibility: Clearly defines who is responsible for completing a specific task or deliverable.
🔹 Accountability: Establishes clear lines of accountability and ensures that someone is answerable for the overall outcome.
🔹 Consulted: Identifies individuals or groups who need to provide input or expertise during the process.
🔹 Informed: Keeps stakeholders informed about progress, decisions, or outcomes.
Here are 9 pretty good reasons why RACI is an invaluable asset for any project or team:
As a leadership and management coach and trainer, I'm often brought in to fix things.
Teams in conflict. To raise performance. To identify issues. To help squabbling leaders. To improve management skills.
When this happens, it can be challenging for all but we often have to go through the hard stuff to find the solutions. It's the only way to move forward.
I've been coaching for a long time so I have a ton of tools that I can use to help teams and leaders resolve their challenges. In fact, trying not to blow my own trumpet too loudly - I think I'm pretty good at it...
Business & management coach, mentor, trainer, author, speaker, social entrepreneur, (and chief pot and bottle washer!)