How to be a boss: a new manager’s guide to managing down

popforms shares so much in a single post:

Nobody knows how to be a good manager the first time they step into the role. [...] becoming a leader provides a whole new set of challenges that you just can’t really predict.

I think one of the hardest things for me moving into management (not just once, but several times) was the realization that I couldn't be friends exactly in the same way that I was before...

Popforms founder Kate Matsudaira talked about being friends [...] essentially coming down to this conclusion: you can’t be friends like you were before, but you can still have great relationships with your team.


Connect with people *as a manager*. [...] As a manager, your conversations will take on a slightly less candid format; part of this will come from your employees (few people want to be 100% casual and candid with their boss) and part of it will come from you being more active about managing your relationships.

But, it doesn't have to be lonely at the top. You have a great opportunity to build new relationships in ways that you couldn't before. These start now with your role as coach for your team.

A good 1:1 is an opportunity for you to build trust and learn more about the people on your team; it should be about them and focused on their growth at its core. [...] Focus on them, ask them more questions, think about the best ways to communicate with them.

If you're a first-time manager, I encourage you to check out the full article.

Share with us: Have you used popforms before? If so, I'd really appreciate hearing your experience (I'm not an affiliated with them, just curious).