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How To Prepare Yourself For the Management Role
Sean: Hey, guys! Welcome back to the channel. This is, again, Leadership Stack broadcast. I’m your host, Sean Si, a.k.a Mr. CEO at 22. Today we are going to be talking about how to prepare yourself for a management role.
So let’s say you’re eyeing a certain role. You’re not yet there. You want to be bumped up to a managerial position. These are the things that you have to keep in mind.
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First thing that you should know before you step into any management role and your higher ups or your leaders will expect this of you is you have to be aware of your strengths and weaknesses as an individual.
We all have strengths and weaknesses. We cannot be the jack of all trades. I sincerely believe that. For example, for myself, I know my strength is pragmatism. I make decisions very quickly and I’m also a very dominant person, which means I usually take command of a situation and I usually set the direction and tone for my team.
Now, some of my weaknesses are empathy, for example. I’m very weak at empathy. In fact, for a lot of people, I cannot really feel how other people feel. This is a weak area of mine, which means it is very good for me to be aware that some people might be feeling uncomfortable, might be feeling down.
And I have to make sure to ask some of my team members or some of my execom, “Hey, is this person okay because I couldn’t really read how this person feels?” or “Hey, did I say something that might have hurt some people in the team because I’m not really aware of that?”
So if you’re aware of your strengths and weaknesses as an individual, this helps you as you step into a management or leadership role because you can now serve your team better.
Because for your weaknesses, you’re going to want to have some people around you to help you be more aware of these weaknesses and help serve you now the leader or the manager, so that you are able to serve your teammates better.
And for your strengths, you want to be aware of these so that you center your priorities, your agendas, your efforts in your strengths. And these strengths zones are also important because this is where you get the most fulfillment and joy out of your work.
Weaknesses are usually areas where you feel the most tired when you do them when it comes to your work. So focus on your strengths. Have people around your weaknesses.
One of the things that can help you do this is by checking out one of our episodes about personality tests. That’s going to help you assess now who you are, how you are, what your strengths are, what your weaknesses could be by taking those tests, free tests online, just click the link.
My next advice for you if you want to step into a managerial role, is get mentors. Get mentors. Get advisors. They always are going to be helping you out and make sure you practice the things that you learn from them.
I cannot stress how much value I’ve gotten from my mentors, I’ve gotten from my coaches, I’ve gotten from advisors or colleagues in the industry or other entrepreneurs who gave me advice.
I ask them, “Hey, how do you do this? How do you get around this? Or how do you overcome this obstacle?” And my growth as an entrepreneur and consequently, my organization’s growth, because I’m the CEO, has been phenomenal because of mentors, coaches, advisors and friends.
Make sure that when you get a mentor, you also provide value to them. So I have mentors around me who also get value from me because I support their digital marketing. I give them advice when it comes to these areas that they’re not that familiar with.
It’s a two way exchange and that is actually the best kind of mentorship or advisor relationship that you can build.
My next advice for you, if you want to step into a managerial role, is you have to improve your communication skills. We have an episode about that where I talk extensively about how you can improve your communication skills and how it will help you grow yourself and your team. You just have to click the link for that video. Check it out.
But why this is so important is because communication is necessary for any relationship to grow. Imagine if you’re in a relationship, husband and wife relationship, and only one of them speaks all the time. That’s not a good picture of a good marriage.
Consequently, for you, if you step into a managerial role, you don’t want to be a talking head where it’s just always you speaking, directing, commanding, and you’re not listening to feedback and people don’t feel like they can give you their thoughts. That’s not going to be a healthy relationship.
When you’re managing a team, the team has to work together. It has to be a two way street where you communicate and you listen. Let them speak. In fact, I could argue that as a manager or a leader, your role is mostly to listen to them because you already know the solutions in your head. But there might be some things that you haven’t considered before making that decision.
And it is critical for you to listen to everyone else’s opinion, especially because they’re the ones running the show on the ground. This is also vital because it pours over to how you now delegate.
When you’re a manager, people don’t expect you to do a lot of grassroots work. That’s why they’re paying you now as a manager, because you now need to lead people who will be doing the work and executing on the ground level.
How can you do that if you don’t delegate? So you have to learn how to delegate. And we also have another episode about delegation where I talk about how to delegate properly.
I talk extensively about delegation there and I give a lot of examples, stories and analogies. You might want to check that out. There is a wrong way to delegate and there is a right way to delegate if you want to know what the right way is. Check that video out.
My next point, and I could argue this is the most crucial point is you have to study the role and what it entails before you step into it. What I mean by studying the role is there might be someone who is already in that managerial position right now.
What does winning look like for that person or that position? What is expected of you by your upper management? What is going to be expected by you, by the team that you will lead? How can you keep them accountable? How can you make sure they hit their KPIs?
If you yourself don’t know their KPIs and don’t know your KPIs, do your homework. Make sure you study what it will take out of you so that you can put your best effort into it.
I cannot stress enough how many people who are bumped into a managerial or leadership role did not do their homework or were not given a proper briefing. And what happens is it becomes a disaster because you are now leading a team and you guys are running around like headless chickens.
It becomes a disaster for the entire organization. So before stepping into a leadership or managerial role, make sure everything is clear cut for you. And it is in your power and in your responsibility to learn and study what that role will entail.
Coupled with that, I suggest while you’re studying what that role will entail, you practice some of those things already even if you are not yet there. You’re not yet given the title or the position, but you’re volunteering for the things that the position or the title requires.
That is a big deal and that will expedite you being given that role. If your leader, or your manager, boss, supervisor sees that you are practicing some of the traits and attributes that they’re looking for for that managerial role, that is a huge plus for you and that’s going to expedite you getting that role that you desire.
The next one and this one is going to serve you perpetually, whether you’re looking at a managerial role, a leadership role, starting your own business or whatever other practice that you might want to get into, this next suggestion is critical. Always be learning.
Always be learning. Be an eternal student. Keep studying. Keep reading books. Keep listening to podcasts. Keep watching YouTube videos that are self-help that will add value to you like what you’re doing right now. I hope this is adding value to you.
Keep learning because you can only give what you have. You cannot give what you don’t have. So you always have to be filling yourself with new things. Always learn. Add value to yourself so you can add value to others. So that’s my handful of points for you in helping you transition into a managerial role. I hope that helps you out.
And as a challenge for you, I want you to think about a role that you want to be in 2 to 3 years from now, whether it’s being your own boss as an entrepreneur, whether it’s being a manager of a team, whether it’s being a leader of a company. Picture yourself there in 2 to 3 years and then reverse engineer what you have to do today based on what you learned in this video.
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Thank you so much and I will see you in the next episode.