A good piece to address the situation many people will find themselves in the first time they become a manager – a sudden and unexpected promotion.
A few suggestions to survive:
“Understand and Accept Your New Situation. Realistically, no one was hoping to be reporting to you. While you may have technical credibility, you don’t have management credibility and the fact that you are now a decision-maker for work allocation and hire, promote, fire scenarios just pisses some people off.”
“Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Developmental Support.”
“Ask Your Team. Your team knows more about working together than you might give them credit for. They’ll resent you if you start telling them what to do. Resist your urge to tell, and instead, focus on asking for ideas and input.”
“Create Risk-Free Opportunities for the Boss to Coach. Most managers have less than a clear idea how to support their first-time leaders. Just because his proactive coaching skills are lacking, you can deftly turn the tables by asking the right questions. … Fair warning, avoid the following words: “What should I do?” Those 4 words formed in a question are universally annoying to bosses. They want to hear your ideas.”