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Tips on bossing it

3 months ago by Daniel Stargatt
Tips on bossing it

About to make the move into a management position and need some advice? Well this is the article for you!

Becoming a manager for the first time can be a nerve-racking experience even for the most skilled of professionals. Not only do you have to deliver your own workload, you are now being relied upon by one, two, three or even a large team of people for direction and leadership… yikes! Don’t panic, you’ve got this!

Every manager has their own style, own personality and own take on how to lead a team, so there really isn’t a step by step guide on how to be a great leader/manager. It will take time to learn and perfect the finer details of your new role, but there are a few things you can do early doors to set expectations and to help you on your way to becoming a great team leader.

Below we have suggested five things to do to help you in your new role. So let’s get cracking…

Set your boundaries

There is a fine line between being a drill-sergeant and managing your team’s expectations. If there is a particular way you like to work, or a way in which you want your team to work then make sure you let your new team know early on to help develop a team culture that is enjoyable and engaged. Maybe you could do this in a more informal environment? Maybe over a coffee, and have a conversation about what you expect from them rather than just talking at them.

Get their respect

It’s very hard to lead a team if you don’t have their respect. Respect is earned and is not immediate, so it will take time. However it’s always helpful to start on the right track. Sharing knowledge, showing humility, being a role model and being confident are all ways to start earning your team’s respect.

We have recently written an article on ways you can earn respect in the workplace, which you can read here: How to earn respect in the workplace.

Communicate expectations

Making sure your team know what is happening is critical. Keeping them informed is a surefire way to building a healthy and happy team, who are engaged and know what is expected of them as a team and as individuals.

This can be as simple as a weekly team meeting or even a weekly email updating on team/business progress. What you choose to do is completely up to you; what’s important is that you don’t think it’s a waste of your time.  Your team will appreciate it and will respect you for making them feel that they are a valued part of the business.

Offer freedom

Most people don’t like being micro-managed.  Trusting your team to get on with the task at hand is a way more effective and efficient way of managing a team.  Just make sure that you are available and on-hand to offer support when your team needs it most.

You may feel out of your comfort zone as you relinquish control over every little bit of detail.  However, there just are not enough hours in the day for you to micro-manage and deliver what you need to, but if you have a high-performing team then surely you just trust that they have high standards and a strong work-ethic. If not, then maybe the issue isn’t your management style and you may need to look at replacing a particular team member with someone who you do trust…. don’t panic, this is where we can help you find the right person.

Care for their careers

To be a great leader you need to genuinely care about the development and progression of your team. The less you care the less likely they will stay, meaning you are more likely to lose good people, which will just add more stress and expense.

Looking for a more senior job in construction?

If you are looking to take the next step in your career or feel you are ready for a more senior role then check out all of our latest construction jobs. Alternatively, you can get in touch with us to discuss your situation in more detail and we can work out a plan to help you make that next step.

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