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May 26, 2016

Think beyond your bottom line.

The Leadership Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely questions about careers and leadership. Today’s answer to the question: How do you prepare for a management role? is written by Amit Srivastav, president of Infinite.

Anyone looking to rise to a management position should hone in on their goals and establish good relationships with people. I am certainly aware that these are easier said than done – there are always a lot of moving parts in management, and vision and relationships can fall by the wayside to make way room for results and revenue.

However, they should be a leader’s priorities. Your long-term success depends on it.

The lessons can be hard won. In my first management position, I was immediately pulled into the weeds of the operations at my company, and didn’t have much time to prep myself or my team beyond my first impression. Though I ultimately met my goals, it took me a while – almost six months, by my measure – to build rapport and trust within my team, which complicated the path to reaching our mutual goals. As with many things in life, preparation is key.

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