10 Tips For First Time Managers – Infographic


If you are looking to bolster your ability to lead a team at work or are a first time manager, this infographic is for you!

Becoming a manager is tricky. There are lots of new skills to learn. Some key ones are:

• Always be willing to learn more about yourself and your team
Prioritize important goals and ways to achieve them
• Lead from the front, encourage your team

…are some of the highlights.

If you’d like to find out more, you can look at the complete infographic below!

First Time Manager Infographic


Managing a team is one of the critical items that you may need to go on a course to learn as a new line manager.

You now need to managing a number of competing demands to achieve your team’s primary goal without wasting resources and compromising on the team’s stability.

There are a few things that you need to address, regardless of the fact that you are an experienced manager or someone who’s taking up the reigns for the first time. This infographic outlines 10 things that you should aspire to follow at your workplace for optimal team performance.

One of the first mistakes that most new managers make is throwing their authority around as soon as they are assigned a team. Take time to get to know your people and keep your mind open to ideas from your team members.

This is a tricky balance. If you are too assertive team members won’t feel able to air problems with you. If you’re not assertive enough you’ll get walked all over. Practicing being assertive and communicating clearly and confidently is a key new skill that you’ll need to master fast.

Keep your relationships genuine. This eliminates a lot of problems with distrust and blame games that can be so common in a team. Treating everyone with respect goes a long way to keep your team members motivated and honest.

Motivation is an extremely important facet of a manager-team member relationship. Without adequate employee engagement, you will find that the performance of your team members diminishes over time.

Always make sure you involve the whole team when you’re setting priorities and goals. That way if there are problems, you will get immediate feedback. When assigning tasks, do it according to how well you believe that an individual can perform in that task.

Another phase that the whole team should be involved in is brainstorming. Good ideas can pop up from anyone and you should be sure to encourage people to speak up.

Finally, remember that recognition is a powerful motivator. Make sure that every team member gets due recognition for their contribution to a project. This should hopefully build a culture of excellence where people understand that hard work and excellence will be recognised.

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If you are looking for more management tips, read our guide here on How To Make SMART Goals.

About Ben Richardson

Ben is a director of Acuity Training which he has been running for over 10 years.

He is a Natural Sciences graduate from the University of Cambridge and a qualified accountant with the ICAEW.

He previously worked as a venture capitalist and banker and so had extensive experience with Excel from building financial models before moving to learn SQL, Microsoft Power BI and other technologies more recently.