how to manage a team that’s older than you

A reader writes:

I recently started a job managing a team of five. I’m in my late 20s and several of my team members are older than me – one of them by several decades. I was hired because I’m good at what I do, but this is the first time I’ve had to manage people older than I am and I feel pretty awkward about it, especially when I have to feedback or give direction. How can I make this less uncomfortable for all of us?”

You’re not alone! Most managers go through this at one point or another, and it does feel odd at first to be managing people who have been working longer than you – but it doesn’t need to. At the Fast Track blog by Intuit QuickBase today, I talk about ways to overcome the awkwardness — including knowing that your employees will take their cues from you, making sure you don’t overcompensate for your discomfort, and more. You can read it here.

 

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