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Larisa Hinton
Friday, September 15, 2017

Did you just get promoted to a manager role?

Being promoted is an exciting transition, but it can also be a nerve-wracking one. This is especially true if you are now managing people who used to be your peers. You need to establish your credibility and authority without acting like the promotion has gone to your head. You’ll also need to handle the changing dynamics of relationships with your former peers, and build relationships with your new group of peers – other managers in your organization.

Know that you’re not alone. Michael Watkins, author of The First 90 Days, says that if you take a typical group of mid-level executives and ask if they’ve ever been promoted to lead their peers, 90% of them will say yes. But just because you are one of many, doesn’t make it an easy process.

You can expect a variety of reactions from the positive to the negative. You’ll have colleagues who are excited to see you advance because you understand their job and can increase the team’s visibility. You’ll want to build on these positive reactions by listening more than you talk, taking action to show you care, and focusing on solutions not problems.

Unfortunately you’ll also experience negative reactions rooted in unfair expectations, doubt, and jealousy/resentment. These are a natural part of the process and the more we’re aware of them, the better we can prepare. Being proactive turns negatives into positives and facilitates team building.  

Come join the CLE for our class called Making the Leap from Peer to Manager on October 13.  We’ll delve into this topic and identify actions you can take to position yourself for success in your new role as a manager.