Tips for Transitioning from Team Member to Team Leader

Leadership is one of the most challenging and complex jobs in the world. It requires years of training, patience, and the ability to manage a team, which takes more than merely reading a how-to book on management. However, if you want to succeed as a leader, it’s helpful to have some advice. If you’re transitioning from being on a team to being a leader of your team either gradually or at once, essential guidelines will help make this transition easier for you and your new team members.

4 Tips for Transitioning from a Team Member to a Team Leader

  1. Communicate Constantly
    Communication is essential in any relationship, but for it to be effective and efficient, it’s even more critical when transitioning from a team member to a team leader. It means your conversations with your team should not stop in the middle of negotiating, striving for the perfect pitch, or planning. It should be constant communication throughout the whole process.
  1. Be a Team Player
    Although you will lead the team, other people involved in the project or goal are still important. Make sure you’re considering their ideas and points of view to try and get a group consensus on decisions you must make. Even if you ultimately have to decide on your own about running your team as smoothly as possible, it is essential that every team member feels like their opinion matters.
  1. Maintain Your Relationships
    There are multiple types of leaders, but you should remain the same person in transitioning from a team member to a team leader. Don’t try and adopt the style or traits of a bossy leader or dictator because that will not end well and could damage your relationships with your team. Continue to be friendly and respectful and maintain the human connections that have already been built within the team.
  1. Be Honest and be Yourself
    It’s important to remember that there is no one way of doing things or being a boss. Each person has a unique personality, so the best advice is to be yourself. Don’t try to act like someone else or try to follow or mimic a boss’s style or mannerisms because this will not work for you. It is essential to be authentic without hurting others’ feelings and ensure you are respected.

Although it can be difficult and risky to be a leader, there are ways of transitioning from being on a team to being the leader of your own. One way is to use these four tips for transitioning from a team member to a team leader, which will help you as you move towards becoming a better leader for your future team.

This article was originally published on Russ Ewell’s website.

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