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Very often, an organisation promotes employees from within into managerial positions. So it may be that one day you are sitting with your colleagues and friends complaining about the boss and the next day you are their boss.
This is perhaps one of the biggest professional and personal challenges; in such cases balancing friendships and getting the work done – with desired results – can become tricky.
Here are some guidelines to help you be a good manager while maintaining personal relationships:
Set clear expectations. Yes, you can still be best friends and have lunch together if you set clear expectations about deliverables from your subordinates. If you need to set certain boundaries, do so as soon as possible and share them with your friends individually. Continue reading