Accepting more responsibility at the workplace typically implies that one is put under more stress, and this is what happens as you advance into a management position. If you are to have success, you do have to know how to cope with stress and this can be tough especially when you are managing others for the first time. It isn’t just pressure from the employees in your team but also other people that may be in higher management roles who you are answerable to. A key skill for success as a manager in the longer term is to continue to be unflustered and develop the ability to lead and thrive in this kind of an environment.
A primary skill that you must strive to learn early on is result-focused planning, while targeting the important tasks that need attention from you. In this respect, you have to know how to delegate work and also make sure that people within your team are not relying on you to the extent that you have no time to manage effectively. The members of your team should feel that they can rely on you for help, but they also have to respect your judgment as to the how and when of it. You may have to educate your staff to your thinking on this matter, as well as call on more experienced and senior team members to offer help where they can.
You will have instances when unpopular decisions need to be made and this may be because of situations that are outside of your control. This may mean you being called on to handle situations with unhappy employees, which at first can be difficult. The simplest way to address these situations is to be open and truthful, and to accept from the start that not all decisions will be popular and you can’t change that. Particularly with issues of conflict, it’s best to reach resolution right away and move on, leaving behind any nasty exchanges that may have taken place.
A sure sign of either being flooded with responsibilities or not being well organized is when you find yourself slogging away after hours. That’s not the path to becoming successful and stress-free; as a manager you have to be more discerning and make more sensible choices regarding your workday. And you should not be tied to your desk – develop a habit of getting away at particular times or intervals. In the event that you aren’t making progress, it could well be time to speak with a more senior or experienced associate. In this way their experience will help you grow wiser and equip you to deal with future difficulties of a similar nature.
Being a manager does require fortitude, but you can learn to use stress as an opportunity to grow and thrive, by choosing what you focus on and by enlisting the help of other people when needed.