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Transitional peace: How do become supervisor of your former peers

Nabbing that big promotion should be a goal you have no matter what company you work for or what line of work you're in at this very moment.
Setting your sights on a position that pays you more money and adds responsibility that you want isn't so much the issue at hand as much as the idea that you might become a manager or supervisor of people that you once worked with at your current position.
Once that job posting hits the open market, the free for all that becomes the application process could not only put a strain on your work related relationships but, if you are the one selected, put you in a position that is difficult to navigate through now that you're the new man or woman in charge.
Are your employees going to respect you and take orders from you even though a few weeks ago you had the same job they had?
Will that take advantage of you since you used to be "one of them?"

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How about resentment that it was you, not them, chosen for the new job?
All of those questions are valid and need to be addressed by you the moment you accept the position at new boss. What you don't want to do, however, is cultivate a scenario where you suddenly transform from the person you were when you worked alongside your former co workers into a completely different person now that you're in charge.
That fear is what ultimately could lead to your former co workers not trusting you or seeing an opportunity to use this current situation to their advantage. You shouldn't alter how you deal with people since your communication and managerial skills likely landed you the job in the first place.
What you should focus on, however, is setting clear expectations once you've been hired. Far too often, the new boss fails to set a game plan for the next 30 to 90 days to determine exactly what they want to accomplish. Furthermore, whatever those plans include should be made remarkably clear to your new employees, regardless of the past relationship you had with them.
It's also paramount to make time, sit down with them and explain that although you are in charge, you still want to work with them as a team to accomplish the tasks and goals at hand. They should understand that your role has changed, and you'll assume more responsibility but your mission is to make them better at what they do through the same characteristics, leadership and attributes that landed you the new job in the first place.
The key to making that co worker to supervisor move as seamless as possible is to address any proverbial elephants in the room as soon as possible and continue on path and point to achieve what you were hired to do.

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