3 Behaviors to Avoid For First Time Managers

Congratulations! Your impending transition from individual contributor to manager is thrilling to say the least. As a manager, you now have the opportunity to make an impact and guide your team to success.

Shifting to a leadership role is not only a promotion but also a move into a role that requires a new set of skills and responsibilities. Like any new role, you undergo a learning process where making mistakes is a reality.

Yet, the transition from worrying about yourself to being responsible for your team can be overwhelming. So, as you expand your authority, look out for these common errors many first time managers make.

Don’t Suffocate Your Employees

As a new manager, it’s important to be aware of the many different ways tasks may be completed. To be a good manager, you need to understand that you are no longer the doer, you are the facilitator. Your responsibility extends beyond the details of each project to visualizing the bigger picture. It’s essential that you give your team a generous amount of space so that they can successfully do their jobs. Monitoring your team members’ progress will keep the team on task toward achieving long-term goals but micromanaging your team will drive away good employees.

Don’t Make Promises You Can’t Keep

As a new manager you are probably eager to please your new team and prove yourself as an effective leader. While doing this, it is important to make sure you are not making promises you can’t keep. You may not be familiar with what is required to fulfill those promises, and leaving them unfulfilled can damage your credibility. Instead, make promises that help establish good relationships. By delivering on promises, you are creating a trustworthy and safe workplace.

Don’t Lead with Fear

As a first-time manager, it’s natural to be nervous. You may be hesitant to start changing things without more time to learn about your employees, department goals, and the needs of your team. But don’t sit on it. Whether you’re experiencing a lack of confidence in your abilities or trying to be cautious, waiting too long to start managing can backfire. Your team needs guidance, and without it, their performance can be weak.

The best managers are mentors for their employees.

Becoming an effective manager takes time. It’s critical to find the balance between being overpowering and not being assertive enough. Remember that management is a learning process. As long as you are continuously striving to learn and improve, you’ll be on your way to becoming a valuable manager.

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