Managing When You’re Not a Manager

The word “manager” may not be in your job title or background, but don’t be surprised if at some point you’re asked to temporarily supervise employees or perform other duties typically associated with management at your company. In today’s collaborative workplace, the emphasis is on selecting the best people to fulfill specific needs, rather than on status in the organization. In IT, you may be called upon to lead teams consisting of individuals from within and outside your department, even if you’ve never directed others before.

Managing when you’re not a manager can be an excellent way to boost your visibility in the company. If you lead your group to success, you may be in a stronger position for advancement. However, uniting people when you lack formal authority over them can be difficult. Here are some tips for overcoming that challenge.

Make a Connection
Before an initiative begins, take the time to get to know all of the people on your team and how they will be involved in the project. What are their strengths? How do they feel their talents can best be used in the task at hand? Do they have any other work obligations that might conflict with your assignment? Learning more about each participant early on will help you put their skills to good use, which can not only help the group in general but can help support both you and the project. By meeting with team members, you also can address any concerns…


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