I have been recently promoted to Senior QA role on a Agile team and with it also came an opportunity to lead a big group of 15 QA team members( onshore and offshore). I do not officially have a Team Lead title since its a Scrum team but my Manager and Director clearly stated I would lead the QA team and every initiative on the project. However they will not make it as an official announcement/statement but are expecting me to take charge and lead.
My challenge is this: My peers are being uncomfortable around me leading. It is not because of Jealousy or neither was it a unfair promotion, it was purely on merit but mainly because of unofficial lead title and an announcement not coming from management officially. As soon I started taking charge they were quick to view me as being a management spoke person. They have made statements directly infront of me to that affect and this is holding me back to getting things done. How do I change this perspective? Any tips to transition to a Lead role?
I've also noticed that they might be uncomfortable because I am a women and relatively young professional. I am unable to pinpoint which is the real cause or of its due to multiple reasons. They seem ok to me be being a Senior QA but not a lead.