It’s the news you’ve been hoping for. You worked hard, took on more responsibility, and communicated well in the interview. Now you’ve been promoted! Take a moment to savor your success, and enjoy your new salary and title. Then, be sure to start this job off right so you can boost your odds of advancing again. Consider the following:
1) Managing former peers (and possibly friends) is one of the biggest challenges that comes along with getting a promotion. Though it’s certainly possible to maintain these relationships, suddenly supervising colleagues can complicate things. Honesty is truly the best policy. Candidly explain that you are aware that your relationship has changed. By laying this out from the very beginning you pave the way for a smooth transition.
2) No matter how prepared you are for your new role, there will still be a learning curve. If your predecessor had been promoted and is still at your organization, consider yourself lucky! There’s no better person who can provide you with the support and coaching you need to navigate a new position. Considering this person may actually be your boss, you’ll naturally need to go to him/her for advice. Make an effort to cultivate this relationship, so that you’ll have someone on your side during the challenging first few months of a new position.
3) Finally, remember that managing people, delegating tasks, and overseeing projects are all skills in themselves. If you never have the opportunity to do them before consider taking courses to help you learn and/or enhance your leadership skills.