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The first two steps for new managers to establish their authority.


As a new manager, you must be proficient. Inspire your employees to be accountable, innovative and engaged. This means leading by example and always learning to inspire.

Additionally, to inspire a diverse workforce for strong productivity, you must be a good motivator by saying the right things in the right ways.

You must know how to handle awkward situations while avoiding legal ramifications. Avoid the typical issues weak managers ignore or mismanage.

To establish your authority, here are two simple techniques:

1. Don’t be an overbearing nanny

Know the balance between hounding and coaching employees to perform, prioritize and meet deadlines. Give them space.

You will be successful in part by setting clear expectations but don’t micromanage. Motivate your staff to take ownership of their responsibilities.

2. Have a credible but authoritative presence

Your language and choice of words are important. That means using phrases, such as “I’m optimistic…” or “I’m confident…”

Avoid phrases like “I believe…”, “I think…” or “I feel…”

Think before you speak: Be articulate and appear confident and definitive without fillers. Don’t say things like, “Um…”, “You know…”, “Honestly…” or “Like…”.

More is involved in being a successful manager, such as earning respect to get strong results. But these are the first steps in generating trust from your staff for your managerial abilities.

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“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.”

-Mark Twain


Author Terry Corbell has written innumerable online business-enhancement articles, and is a business-performance consultant and profit professional. Click here to see his management services. For a complimentary chat about your business situation or to schedule him as a speaker, consultant or author, please contact Terry.