So you’re the boss, having accomplished such a feat before the age of 30. But your team consists of professionals who are a bit older, and maybe they don’t respect your authority. Well, try this strategy to ensure a great team dynamic—and results:
Donâ€™t learn by example.
Not knowing what to do, I copied my bossâ€™s management style because we had a fantastic and productive working relationship. It was a disaster. Thereâ€™s no cookie-cutter style for managing people, and part of being a good manager is reading people.
Use what worked for you as an employee in the past as information, but donâ€™t replicate it exactly and expect success. Try different techniques, and pay attention to what works until you create your own style.
Ask for help.
When I realized I was drowning as a manager, I reached out to our HR consultant for guidance. We had meetings every month for me to ask questions and get feedback on specific issues. I read articles and books. I asked friends what they liked and didnâ€™t like in their managers and got advice from people who have been managing for decades.