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It starts with one word – Respect

What is one piece of advice you would give a new manager?

It starts with one word – respect. If the employees that report to you respect you then there is a foundation to build a great career on. A successful friend once told me that the first thing you have to do to be successful professionally is show up at work to work. Place that above all else. Of course it can be beneficial for everyone to get along well and certainly there is a place for a degree of social interaction. The job comes first. People you work with do not need to know all the details of your personal life. It is counterproductive. A separation between work and personal life can create a nice balance that allows you to get away from work and recharge. Being liked is not leadership. Being liked is not management. There is the story of the manager who was accused of not making friends on the job. His response was ” I have more friends than I have time to see. I am not here to make friends. I am here to do a job to the best of my ability.” For new managers the transition from employee to one with responsibility can be tricky. The reality is if you focus on being friends with everyone and trying to be liked sooner or later one of those ‘friends’ will probably put you in a tough spot because they think you should treat them differently because you are friends. I once had an employee who was going to leave the company to pursue another opportunity and he gave me a great compliment. He said ” I do not really like you very much personally but I respect you as my manager because you hold everyone accountable equally and you work just as hard as we do.” Mission accomplished. If you or someone you know is struggling with this dynamic contact Smart Management 101. We can help.