HAVE you been recently promoted?

Did you move past your co-workers and now sit in a position where you are now their supervisor?

If so, you may likely be feeling a bit uncomfortable and unsure as to how to shine in your new role without alienating your co-workers, who are likely your friends as well.

Get their support

First, be honest with them. Tell them that you are feeling a bit anxious about taking on the new role and that you want to maintain the same, positive relationships that you enjoyed before your promotion.

Ask them directly if they will be on your team and if they will strive for the team to succeed.

If you sense one of the team members has developed a less than positive attitude, take that person aside and ask questions until you can determine what is causing the behaviour.

Assure him that you are on his side and want him to grow and develop and get promoted as well.

Continue to conduct yourself in a manner that enforces these messages. Look for ways to bring the successes of your team members to the attention of upper management.

Find team-building exercises which you can incorporate on a regular basis to strengthen the group as a whole.

Do not engage in behaviour that separates you from your team or makes any member of the team feel at any given time that you are in this for yourself.

The more you can encourage and assist each team member in learning, growing and shining, the more likely they will accept you as a leader, perform well under your leadership and see the change as a win-win situation for everyone.

Be realistic

If, after all of these efforts, you still have a team member who is not on board, it may be time to discuss with upper management a transfer of that individual to another department, assuming he is a solid employee from a work performance standpoint.

However, if this individual's attitude has soured to the point that he will continue to be unhappy after the transfer, then it may be time for him to move on.

Lead by example

Remember that leaders don't manage. Leaders lead and they do so by example. If you want people to follow you, exhibit behaviours that are worthy of emulating.

Maintain a positive attitude each day, even if you are overwhelmed, stressed or feeling a lot of pressure in your new role.

But above all, be interested in each of your team members, both personally and professionally.

Make sure they are feeling good and positive, and help them to obtain the necessary tools and information to be their best and to shine every day.

Truly listen to them and address their concerns, incorporate their ideas and give them the credit for the team's performance even when the compliment is directed at you.

That is how you get co-workers to not only accept your new promotion, but to support you every step of the way!