So you’ve been gunning for a promotion and you finally got it. Congratulations! You’re now in a managerial position, which means you have to, well, manage people.
Managing people can be tricky: you have to ensure that your colleagues deliver quality work while making them like you. And since you’re new to this, you’re probably at a loss to knowing how to act. In fact, the imposter syndrome may be in overdrive. But self-doubt is perfectly normal.
“Apart from operational challenges, I also face self-doubt as I continue to build my capacity as a leader. While I have come a long way, the responsibility of running a company can sometimes bear heavily on my mind, particularly when I have to make strategic decisions,” says Emily Subrata, the 35-year-old Director of Sudamala Resorts. The Bali-based hotel management company specialises in crafting art-inspired boutique properties.
This uncertainty isn’t necessarily a bad thing, though.
“I haven’t overcome this challenge entirely, and I’m not sure I wish to either, because allowing myself to be vulnerable sometimes is what keeps me on my toes. It helps me appreciate everything I get to do.”
To better ease into your transition, Emily recommends finding yourself a mentor you trust to accelerate your development as a business leader. She also shares five other tips on managing people at work.