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It’s exciting—and may seem a bit awkward at first—when you’ve just been promoted to a higher position and will be supervising your fellow teammates or work buddies.

To make the transition much easier, new executive leaders must communicate their values effectively in order to establish clear expectations and boundaries. However, staying true to yourself, offering your new subordinates a safe space to share their suggestions or concerns is also key. Managers who lean in to support employee growth will offer a different perspective of upper management and employees will appreciate those efforts in the long run.