I’ll managing several people of the same level on this project, and all of them are men.

I’m worried I could come off as apologetic or indecisive on our day to day if I lack confidence in my voice and words. I want them to trust me as a leader, but I sense some initial hesitation given we’re all the same rank and competing for promotion.

🐠 , any advice on smart ways to frame directives and questions, without making my team feel bad or competitive?

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I’d make sure someone higher than you makes sure they are aware you are managing them. People may get defensive if they are all the same level and trying for the same promotion.

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I find email communication is sometimes helpful in these situations. Send recaps emails on tasks - as a team player: " ok guys to sum up here's what we agreed on"
You can also use management tools - if you open the team tool then they won't be surprised to see you assign work -
Don't let them step over you. Make sure you are always one step ahead.
Trust takes time. Be patient and show compassion.

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How come you are managing them if you are all the same level?

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