How do I become a head of the company

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Become a boss - but how do you do it?

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Here are a few tips to make it easier for new managers to get started. The recommendations arose from discussions with executives who openly reported at seminars about their own mistakes when joining the company: "If I had already known that back then ...".

  • Don't take yourself more seriously than absolutely necessary. Your employees don't do that anyway. Just because you have slipped a bit further up the hierarchy, you shouldn't become tense or show tense seriousness. Employees like bosses with a sense of humor.
  • Learn to delegate and give up. Anyone who surrenders has both hands free - for something new. You need to realize that you are now being paid to get things done rather than doing things yourself. Especially the specialized professionals find it difficult to let go. Always remember, you are playing a different role now. You get paid to achieve goals, to keep things going.
  • Challenge your employees. Who demands, promotes. Younger managers in particular find it difficult to make clear demands on employees. Those who are challenged increase their self-confidence because they recognize that they are capable of much more than they suspect themselves.
  • Think of yourself as the first service provider for your employees. Make sure your employees have all the aids and tools they need. Keep your employees back free so that they can work undisturbed. However, support does not mean taking on the work of others.
  • Don't talk about your past achievements so often. If you keep talking about the past, the future is long behind you. It's interesting what you've done in the past. But if this gives the impression that you can do everything better, then your sympathy values ​​will drop very quickly.
  • Learn to communicate openly - and get to the point. In the multimedia age, employees expect more than just sign language, original sounds and empty phrases. Quickly learn how to get your message across in just a few words. Occasionally record your verbal instructions - and don't be frightened to listen to them.
  • Stop demotivating your employees with sad messages like "I don't know how we can ever do this". Do not complain, but inspire you with your role model function. Show realistic optimism. Create a motivating environment in which employees can motivate themselves.
  • Build Trust. Don't ask for trust, but generate trust. Giving a leap of faith means committing to others. Do you often look in the mirror, how much distrust are you facing? Smile more often because there is something to laugh about in every situation.

By the way, you will quickly see that “leading” is a different activity than “normal” work. Leadership is applied psychology. And those who like to lead also lead successfully.

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