Life is full of changes, both good and bad. Changes can be great, like cutting out dairy because you realized that’s what causes your constellation-esque breakouts. They can also be…not so fab, like getting impulse bangs because you had a rough week in the romance department.
Despite how good, bad or ugly life can get, what’s most important is how you respond to these changes. This mantra is applicable in work and personal life, but especially when you experience a leadership change. Getting a new manager isn’t necessarily a bad thing, whether they are switching departments or leaving for a new opportunity. After working on a team that’s been shifted, changed and rearranged more times than most, I’ve picked up ways to help smooth the transition process and keep personal feelings #profesh.
Prepare for a clean slate
Not to say you shouldn’t have expectations for your new, fearless leader, but you should swipe left on all things subjective. Be open minded to new leadership and communication styles and be ready to make wiggle room in your way of doing things. By creating a mindset that’s clear of any premeditated opinions and open to change, you’re helping create a healthy and reliable foundation for both you and your new boss.
Don’t just accept, advocate
OK, I don’t mean this in a bitchy “hold the door for your old boss on the way out” kind of way. I mean be the driving force for things you can change. Take the initiative to schedule 1:1s with your new manager, talk about what’s working (and what’s not) and ignite the spark to make things even better than they were before.
This has nothing personal to do with your previous manager. No matter how great they were or what flaws they had, being a positive force for your new boss will be very appreciated and start your new dynamic off on the right foot.
Get to know the human behind the “boss” title
Relationship building shouldn’t stop once you’ve gotten a read on your new go-to person. Go the extra mile. Invite them out to a welcome lunch or happy hour with other team members to get to know each other outside of your cubicles. If you know they love The Office, store some go-to gifs on your desktop to whip out in stressful times. Be human, let your workaholic guard down and be a friend, even if it’s just on a 9-5 level.
With these tips in mind, adjusting to a new team leader or manager can be seamless and healthy! It’s all about going into change with an open mind.
How did you handle the news of getting a new boss? Share your advice for a successful transition in the comments below!