What to Consider When Going From Team Member to Team Leader

career leadership Mar 15, 2023
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Congratulations, you've been promoted. As you transition into your new role, it's important to prepare yourself to lead your team effectively. Just because you were a high-level producer doesn't mean you'll be an effective leader. Being a manager requires a different set of skills and responsibilities if you want to be successful.

In my segment on the AMNW Morning Show, I shared essential tips on how to position yourself for a successful transition into your new leadership role. You can watch the entire episode below.


1. Get clear on your role and expectations: As a team leader, you'll have many new responsibilities and need to manage team dynamics. Be sure you clearly understand what's expected of you in your new role so you can adjust to these new responsibilities.

2. Build credibility by building relationships: Developing positive relationships with team members is critical, so take the time to get to know your team members. It will go a long way in building credibility and trust.

3. Level up your communication skills: Effective communication is critical in any leadership role. Whether setting goals and expectations for your team, delivering feedback, or resolving conflict, you must master clarity, active listening, empathy, and your ability to influence and inspire.

4. Learn how and when to delegate: Delegating tasks to team members is integral to being a leader. Be sure to delegate tasks appropriately based on team members' strengths and weaknesses.

5. Find your backbone: As a leader, you'll be called upon to make tough decisions, such as laying off team members, cutting budgets, and balancing competing priorities. While holding team members accountable, you'll need to grow and develop as a leader and learn how to be responsible to your team. 

Becoming a new manager can be challenging and exciting, but with these strategies in mind, you can navigate the transition from team member to manager and excel in your new role.

You also may want to listen to the Midlife Career Rebel Podcast Episode #57 - What If I Don't Want to Step Into Leadership?



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