I'm a leader! But no one knows it yet...
January 23, 2014 6:05 PM Subscribe
I'm getting a promotion, but it won't be confirmed until the spring. How do I begin to transition into my new role without overstepping boundaries?
posted by anotheraccount to Work & Money (18 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
A few weeks ago, my bosses sat me down and told me that I would be getting a raise and a promotion in the spring. Between now and then, they want me to start transitioning into more of a leadership role. Hooray!
But now I'm dealing with a delicate situation because 1) the promotion isn't "official" yet; 2) I'm starting to supervise someone who doesn't know that I am/will be responsible for her work (and she has a lot of seniority on me but I was chosen to lead our department); and 3) my other coworkers don't know that I am now/will be the lead in our department. In addition, we're a small office - 10ish people total and my coworker and I are the only 2 in our department - so it's hard not to betray that something is up.
How do I begin this transition without overstepping any boundaries? I'm trying to keep my ears open and step in regarding my coworker's performance when necessary, without being too obvious about it. I'm also pushing for some changes in the department in terms of workflow, but I'm keeping my coworker appraised of what's going on and trying to involve her as much as possible. What should I be doing? What shouldn't I be doing?