First-Time Manager? Avoid These 5 Common Mistakes
Congratulations, you have been promoted to a management position! It’s a great opportunity, however, the transition from a co-worker to a manager can be really challenging. Even though you’ve been promoted thanks to your excellent professional skills, but to become a good and even great manager you will need a whole new set of skills and strategies.
Here are five common mistakes that first-time (and even some experienced) managers make. Avoid them to ensure your success as a credible and positive leader.
1. Leading-off with “Everything is going to change”
Don’t enter into a new position thinking that everything is broken and you are appointed to fix the previous regime. Unless your boss insists on changing how the team is functioning, you should show respect to the work of the group. You won’t be able to win people’s hearts if you continue to point out that everything is wrong and the team members are incapable of performing their functions.
2. Leading-off with “Nothing is going to change”
Trying to win your team over, you may keep on telling how good everything is and that you don’t feel like changing a thing in the overall performance. You may even believe that nothing will change, but it’s your job to help the team improve their results by introducing positive changes.
3. Leading off with “I’m the new sheriff in town”
Don’t be a manager who compensates his own insecurities by overplaying his role. Your team knows that you’ve been appointed for a professional reason, so there is no need to confirm your title by over-bossing people around.
4. Leading off with “Nothing changed, I’m one of you”
This is a common behavior for first-time managers that have been promoted within a group. You may try to be everyone’s friend but the reality is different. You relationships have to change, you’re no longer one of the gang.
5. Leading off with “The loudest voice wins”
You’re a newcomer, so it will take some time to learn about strengths and weaknesses of your team members. So don’t focus solely on the “loudest” voices and investigate what talents every person has. It often happens that the most creative ideas and insights come from the quietest people.
Avoid these mistake to make your transition to a manager as smooth as possible. Instead, treat your team members with respect, listen to them and build a culture of trust and accountability. Get your own work done on time and with high quality. Acquire new skills and expertise and lead people by your example.