During the past several months, I’ve had the pleasure of watching a few new managers grow into their jobs. I wanted to share a few observations about their struggles and successes that may apply universally to all new managers.
- Learning their craft
My young friends have viewed management as a skill to be learned, and they’ve dived into it with passion. They’re trying to read and learn and think about management skills and techniques wherever and whenever they can. Sometimes the mind gets ahead of the body, as it were (i.e., their desire to learn outpaces their actual skill at using the techniques they are learning) … but this brings with it hard-earned experience and, ultimately, greater skill.
- Learning to delegate
This might be the hardest skill to learn for most new managers (who have generally been promoted due their technical excellence in their field, not their managerial skill). They understand that their job is now to get work done throughother people now, rather than solely operating as an individual contributor. For the most part, they remember this and try to provide their teams with the resources, support, and autonomy they need to do their jobs. Every once in a Continue reading