Stepping into a new team, as interim manager, represents an opportunity to not only manage, but mentor subordinates in order to stimulate a long-lasting culture of growth and innovation. With their fresh perspective, interim managers can rapidly leave their impact in the organization, even if their presence is temporary. Here’s our approach to get you started developing the leaders of tomorrow:
- Lead by example. Your actions set the tone for the entire team. Swiftly familiarize yourself with the team, operations, and challenges. The faster you understand the landscape, the quicker you can start. Show your team that you’re committed to the task at hand.
- Effectively communicate with transparency to your team. Keep your team informed about the challenges you’re facing and the steps you’re taking to address each of them. Great ideas usually arise when people feel empowered to express their thoughts or concerns.
- Identify unique strengths and weaknesses and offer constructive feedback to build confidence, with great effects on the team’s performance and morale. Tailor your mentorship approach to each individual and formulate clear objectives. Don’t forget to recognize their accomplishments.
- Promote a culture of continuous learning. Ensure your team feels safe to make mistakes and learn from them. Provide them with the tools and mindset to constantly exchange knowledge.
Mentorship is always professionally meaningful with mutual benefits. As interim manager, you are not only facilitating the growth and development of the organization that has employed you, but shaping the future leaders of tomorrow, extending your network with contacts that might bring personal fulfillment and satisfaction, now or in the future.