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I recently got promoted to a managerial position and I’m really excited. The only problem is that no one else on my “team” appears to be taking it seriously. Any advice on effectively transitioning into a management role and gaining the respect of direct reports?

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Unfortunately you should just take time and work hard, show the team why you are the leader. You cannot expect to get the respect just because of position. I got promoted to the technical lead position very fast and I had the same problem. It took 6 months for the team to recognize me as a leader. I just helped everyone, day by day, showed my expertise in every problem the team was facing, I was finding a solution where the team struggled, I was working closely with the PM to develop better processes, better workflow etc, etc. Eventually team understood why I was in that position and they accpted my as a leader. My boss always used to say, you should earn the position, and then be promoted, and not the opposite. In my case my expertise was growing much faster than my experience and I could solve problems which my team had a lot, and I got promoted. But the rest my boss left to me to solve, including the team acceptance. Management is a hard thing, you should have a bunch of soft skills to survive in this field.

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This is not an easy transition. Many times your direct reports will go around you and go directly to your boss for answers/grievances. Assuming your current boss was everyone’s boss then you got promoted as a sort of intermediate level between the two. If so, your new boss can help by redirecting the employees back to you and giving you the support to make decisions on your own (aka not stepping in and taking over). If your boss steps in and takes over consistently you will never be respected.

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This seems to be the right approach. But to add a few points.
- Tech teams re smart don't try to prove you re smarter technically, even if you re, that is not your job
- Prepare for every meeting and make meaningful contributions, don't forget to fallback and accept team suggestion as long as it gives a good outcome, let the team win.
- Work smart and twice as hard, always ready to help everyone in the team no matter how busy you re
- Always thank the team for a job well done even though you did twice as much
- Lastly, give it time

What do you mean by "not taking it seriously"?

I have to assume that their former co-workers aren't accepting them as their manager. I.e. not accepting the as the "Boss."

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Fire them all and then replace them.

It's the only way.

Be reliable, be available, stay organized, and always assign and check in on tasks on time. If they see enough responsibility, they'll catch on.

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