All too often the path to being a successful manager is littered with crucial mistakes. Unfortunately many new managers are simply dropped in the deep end to sink or swim, and receive no training or coaching to help them with their new role. In order to get a head start in your new role, here are the things you should avoid doing as a new manager.
- Be Overly Assertive
New managers who doubt their own strengths as a leader often come on too strong to over-compensate. You do need to be authoritative, but there is a problem when you are too overbearing or aggressive. This is a particular problem when you are managing people who were previously your peers. Tread a bit carefully as leadership is all about balance.
- Try to be Everyone’s Friend
On the other hand, you cannot come across too soft and try to be friends with everyone. You may want to be liked, but you cannot be liked by everyone, all the time. Respect is more important than friendship when you are trying to tread the fine leadership balance.
- Keep Things Secretive
In LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT TRAINING, open communication is always stressed. You may feel that as a new manager and privy to information that you didn’t have before, that you should keep this all to yourself. Being open with your team helps to build trust and keeps people involved in the organisation, understanding how their role relates to the wider goals of the company. And when you are open with others, they are encouraged to speak out about their concerns and their ideas, which is a good way to foster innovation.
- Fail to Ask for Help
You should not expect your first managerial role to be easy. You will have problems and issues to resolve. Make sure that you ask for help when you need it. Your own manager should be a good source of advice and strategies for evolving in your role. Or you can get advice from other trusted managers, probably people who have been in a managerial role for many years. There are also all sorts of other forms of support available, from management and leadership training, to books, online resources, online coaching and courses, and even help from trusted friends and colleagues. It is not a sign of weakness to ask for help, and it can help you become a better manager in a shorter amount of time.
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