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Top 10 Tips for New Leaders – Julie Waldvogel-Leitner

This is the third post in a series of tips on transitioning into management and leadership for the first time. Julie Waldvogel-Leitner is the Financial Aid Manager at Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac, WI. She is a 2014-2016 WASFAA Member-at-Large.

 Top 10 Tips for New Leaders
by Julie Waldvogel-Leitner

  1. Really get to know your team.  Spend time with each person and really get to know them and their job. 

  2. Ask for input.  Each team member brings different experiences and knowledge. You cannot come up with all of the answers yourself.

  3. Don’t be afraid to say you don’t know the answer to something.  (But then make sure you find out!)  Always follow up.

  4. Maintain a regular schedule of meetings.  This really helps improve communication and makes the team more cohesive.

  5. Be available and approachable.  The team should know how to find you and to ask for help.

  6. Find humor in every day.  You may be dealing with stressful situations, but keeping a lighthearted environment can be very helpful to ease tension.

  7. Don’t be afraid of what you don’t know.  You don’t have to know every detail of every task that goes on in your office, you just need to be confident in the skills and abilities of your team.

  8. Offer recognition and give thanks to those who do a good job.  A thank you is so effective and many times it is not said enough.

  9. Be prepared and plan for the future.  Try to be as proactive as possible to help ease team stress.

  10. Find a mentor or friend who can help you think through your ideas and serve as a sounding board.



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