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WhichHillary – What New Managers Can Learn From Hillary Clinton

Source | LinkedIn : By Brittani Hunter

Normally when there is a major event, BlackTwitter doesn’t hesitate to give their opinion. In a recent, viral Twitter rant, #BlackTwitter wasn’t the only group that was going off.

After a private fundraising event in South Carolina, a Black Lives Matters activist confronted Hillary on alleged hypocrisy that later led to the viral hashtag #WhichHillary. This hashtag was trending on Twitter, and even users on Facebook and Instagram had some fun with it.

I believe that as new managers, there is a lot that we can learn from Hillary Clinton in regards to not becoming another #WhichHillary example. When you are new to management, it can become difficult to figure out your voice and your management style. As a result, the way that we manage can become conflicting and we can appear as hypocrites to our employees and clients if we are not consistent. Being fair and consistent is not always easy – especially when you are new to management and haven’t learned how to manage employees with diverse personalities, needs, and skill-sets.

I started out as a new manager just a few years ago, and as my team grows larger, I am learning and evolving in my management role. Between my management experiences and self-help books like #GirlBoss, Good to Great, and The New One Minute Manager, I have learned how to improve my management style. Here are my 5 secrets on being consistent as a new manager so that you are not a #WhichHillary example to your employees.

1. Don’t be afraid to change the rules

When you become a manager, there may be policies or procedures that you would like to change so that you can lead your team and department as you wish. Unfortunately in some organizations, some employees find it hard to take and embrace change.

As a new manager, whether you are new to the company or have been promoted, it is a good chance that you will walk into a difficult atmosphere of “this is how things have always been” with your new staff. When this happens, share your vision with your team and find a clear way to show them how your change can positively impact them. Give them a sense of ownership and make sure they see the value in their role on your team. Be sure to be patient with your team as they learn and apply your new rules.

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