How to be the best boss lady ever!!

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So you finally got that promotion you had your eyes on? Congratulations on being crowned team manager but, at the risk of sounding like party poopers, we have to sound a note of caution. Statistics say that 60 per cent of team managers fail in their first two years due to a variety of factors.

According to Amber Tennant, VP of People, Coursera, an educational technology company, “Managers have the opportunity to shape their team's contributions to the organization as well as to foster each team member's professional and personal growth. New managers should approach their work with humility, invest time in getting to know each of their team member's motivations and growth areas, and work with their team to develop a compelling vision. Seek opportunities to celebrate team wins and don’t shy away from coaching someone who could do better. Make a habit of continually reflecting on and improving your skills.” That’s quite a tall order but you can get started on being the best team manager ever by keeping these key points in mind.
 

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First, impress
First impressions are important because they endure. Make sure that your team forms the right impression of you because this will be the pivot on which the rest of your journey as a leader will turn.

A good impression is one that lets the team know you are interested in their holistic development and not just in chasing targets and goals. According to Bhawna Aggarwal, CEO, Gadgets 360, “A primary task of the manager is to groom all employees, reward the rare and filter out the best, which will ensure promising managers emerge from their teams.


” She says that every team has a few members with the potential to rise. “They take ownership and add value to the tasks assigned to them. The manager must always search for such potential in the team and make an effort to develop it. She must also challenge the limits of such employees by testing them under pressure and ensuring they move out of their comfort zone.”

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Listen up
Remember that your team will be looking your for guidance and, therefore, the channels of communication with your team should always be open.

In the first few months at least, your team needs to feel confident to approach you to get clarity about their work. Keep an open door, open-to-emails policy and be sure to respond within a four-hour time frame.

According to NickhilJakatdar, founder and CEO, Vuclip,“Communication is a two-way street for you as a manager and your team to walk on. Your efficiency as a manager is a function of how you communicate business goals and distil them down to expectations from each team member. Being a source of encouragement when the chips are down, giving appreciation for the accomplishment of goals,and being honest with feedback will help you to get the best out of your team.”

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Stand by
Good managers also make great mentors and their own careers benefit from this. According to Jyotika Bedi of Kinetic Potential Explorers, a career counselling firm based in Delhi, “Managers who provide career-related mentoring are actually rated as better performers in their job by their boss.By being a mentor, you stand togain information and support, expand your power base and reputation, strengthen your credibility and earn respect.”

To get to know your potential protégés, have individual meetings with key members of the team. “Find out during that meeting what motivates them, what they like about their work, how they like to be led and what questions they have. Then talk about your vision for the group and how they can be a part of it,” says Bedi.

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Stay hungry
Just because you have been made team manager, it does not mean that you now know everything. Throw out the baggage of ego and remember that if you want to be successful and grow in your career, you have to keep learning and updating your management skills as well as your core competencies.

Jakatdar says, “You always have to be one step ahead of the curve to be successful in your role. Keep yourself updated with the happenings of your industry, continuously ‘up-skill’ and let knowledge move freely within the team. This will win you respect as well as empower your team.”

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Clock in
Even if you think you can do everything yourself, you can’t and even if you were capable of doing so, the hallmark of a good manager is how well she prioritises and delegates work. According to Jakatdar, “Good prioritisation of work remains one of the most effective ways to maximise the value of one’s time, but it has an even bigger positive impact on the quality of your team’s work.”
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Speak up
Explicitly articulate your core values—what is important to you and what you will not stand for. Make your stand clear and your team will be able to transition smoothly between one leader and the next. Bedi says, “Don’t be afraid to act like a manager. You must be able to provide direction to your employees, give them feedback, help resolve problems, and address performance issues. It’s important to be approachable yet firm.”

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