The Federal Coach: Recently Promoted? How to Get Trust and Respect for Your New Role

This week’s question comes from a federal manager who was promoted to a management position after the previous manager was terminated. She shared, “Although I didn’t know in advance of the termination, I was accused in a managers meeting of getting him fired. Some staff are supportive. Others are distrustful. I understand that respect and trust are privileges not rights and take time, but what are your thoughts on how to address the issue when confronted with accusations?”

I commend you for wanting to take control of the situation and searching for strategies to help gain your colleagues’ respect and trust. Sometimes your best defense when confronted with accusations is a good offense. It’s like the old cliché – kill them with kindness.

First, I suggest having a conversation with your direct supervisor to lay out a plan for earning your colleagues respect and trust.

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