Congratulations on the promotion. Now what do you do? Amy Gallo writes for Harvard Business Review about how to best manage people who were once your peers.
Being the Friendly Taskmaster
If the organization does not make it apparent to colleagues, signal your promotion to coworkers. Tread lightly in the beginning to build and maintain relationships, waiting a while to set your big ideas into motion. Establish authority by having a meeting and talking generally about how you intend to lead. But also understand that if one management style does not pan out, it is okay to try something else. You will have to distance yourself from colleagues a bit, which may be bittersweet, but it is necessary so no one will accuse you of playing favorites. For many more tips, as well as case studies illustrating points, you can read Gallo’s full post here: http://blogs.hbr.org/2012/12/how-to-manage-your-former-peer/