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Being promoted to a direct manager of my previous peers after a relatively short time. Any advice on team building and maintaining a strong culture with these changes?

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Just tell them that youre just objectively better than all of them. Im sure they’ll understand


Don’t bother them


Keep asking questions. Learn more about their work and their challenges, do what you can to help them without getting in their way.


Do not micromanage. Let them know you support them. Focus on their career growth. Be their champion. Ask about major risks, issues, not tasks.


1. Don't be an asshole 2. Help them be better at what they do 3. Provide cover for them so they can safely make mistakes and learn from them 4. Don't be an asshole

Your first six months or year will be the toughest as you need to build the type of manager you want to be, demonstrate to your previous peers that are able and capable of managing them. Don’t be “bossy” all of a sudden. Be ready for ups and down.

1. Don't be an asshole 2. Help them be the best version of themselves 3. Provide cover for them so that they can safely take the necessary risks 4. Don't be an asshole

Will they be promoted to manager next year? If so, help them get where they want to be which will make them WANT to support you.

Lead from within. Cater to their working styles.

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