Let\u2019s imagine two scenarios.\r\n\r\nScenario 1.\u00a0Hi Ritu! I want this work to be finished by today evening. No excuses! Do you get that?\r\n\r\nScenario 2.\u00a0Hi Mohan! Could you please finish this work by today evening? This has been delayed for a long time now.\r\n\r\nOn reaching office the next day, you are surprised to see that both Ritu and Mohan have not finished their work. Recently, you have been promoted as a manager and you are ecstatic about this promotion. Throughout your stint as a senior executive, you have been an excellent employee and for that, you have been rewarded and promoted. You have great knowledge about your new profile, but still you are not able to manage the team well and get the work done.\r\n\r\nHere with Rita, your tone was very strict and with Mohan, you were very polite, but still, you are empty-handed. Your work is pending and you have to do it on your own now. Don't worry, it happens with every person when he or she takes a management role.\r\n\r\nHere we will talk about some of the key challenges faced by first-time managers and will also offer tips to overcome them.\r\n\r\n \tTeam handling:\u00a0This is one of the most common challenges faced when it is an internal promotion and the team you are now managing is the very team you got promoted from. Here, you have to remember that your success depends on the success of the team. You don\u2019t have to show a bossy attitude towards them, but be sure to create a boundary. Build confidence in your team and continue to behave like a good team member and help your team accomplish their tasks. Very soon you will see a behavioral shift in the attitude of your team members.\r\n \tTime management:\u00a0As a manager, you have a dual role. You have to accomplish your own tasks and also help your team members in their tasks. Here you should give priority to your team because if your team wins, you win. But that doesn't mean you don't perform your individual role. Always set aside some time for your individual tasks but remember that your team comes first. Always make a plan for the coming week or month and split the time between individual and team tasks.\r\n \tTeam productivity:\u00a0As a manager, you are responsible for increasing the productivity of your team. It is a big challenge and for this, you should understand the psychology of each individual team member. Some people lead with the stick. Some people lead with the carrot. Have one-on-one meetings and deal with each person according to his or her personality, while always remaining transparent with your team. If there is any concern, discuss and sort it out immediately.\r\n \tClear communication:\u00a0You might face problems communicating with your team members. Always be direct and transparent while communicating. Do not hesitate to put your views before them. Try to create an open environment where no one hesitates to share ideas and viewpoints. Also, try to be a good listener. Only those teams, departments, and organizations where there is open communication are successful.\r\n \tDelegation:\u00a0As a first-time manager, initially you may struggle to delegate the work. You have been an excellent associate throughout your career and always got your work done on time and with quality. But hang on! That is past, now you are a manager and your role is different. Always trust your team and get the work done through them. Be a guide, a motivator, and a mentor, and you will be surprised to see the results.\r\n\r\nWrite to us and share your experience as a first-time manager at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to deep dive into leadership and related topics, you can go and check out more blogs here.