5 Mistakes that First Time Managers Make

5 Mistakes that First Time Managers Make

You are thoroughly excited and over joyous on becoming a manager for the first time; you had been waiting for this since a long time. At the same time you sense jitters and nerves as your span of control now directly affects your department and organization.

It indeed can be an overwhelming experience as you now have the power to impact and guide your team members and make changes. An effective manager can make all the difference between a successful team and one that falls short.

Nowhere is the lack of culture awareness more evident or more problematic than in the world of business. Building trust and effective relationships is key to business success, yet it is hard to develop relationships when behavior is not understood or misinterpreted.

However, you are a little unsure of how to go about.

Studies show that 60% of first time managers fail. People soon realize that management is a different ball game and the skills they had as a practitioner/associate are different from the ones needed to become an effective manager.

Here, are listed 5 mistakes that first time managers commonly make-

  • Poor or no Delegation Trying to do everything yourself will leave you no time for strategic planning and decisions. It can be a difficult transition from an individual contributor to managing a team. Failure to delegate will also create a sense of mistrust and lack of motivation in the team.

    Delegation is an art and a skill which goes a long way in being an effective manager.

  • Poor Listening – Listening to team members, acknowledging their ideas, and opinions is the key to healthy workplace relationships. If you show off your new found knowledge and expert’s opinion without listening to them, you are shutting them out from participation. Eventually people will listen not because they want to but they have no choice as you are their manager.

    Listening actively to what others have to say could actually be the key to making your job easier and your transition into the new role much smoother. Communication is a two way street and learning to communicate effectively will lay the right foundation of your managerial career.

  • Being Bossy – It’s natural to feel more in ‘power’ and authority with the new job title and role. The attitude of being pushy and authoritative will push away your team members from you sabotaging your team goals. It will be foolish to lead people on dictum or “do as I say” approach.

    Remember that respect must be commanded and not demanded. Efforts should be to imbibe leadership skills to influence people rather than being a boss.

  • Failure to provide Feedback - According to 1,400 executives polled by The Ken Blanchard Companies, failing to provide feedback is the most common mistake that leaders make. When you don't provide prompt feedback to your people, you're depriving them of the opportunity to improve their performance.

    Giving constructive feedback is a skill which will enable you to help your team improve performance, expand their strengths and improve on their weaknesses to reach or exceed the team goal.

  • Micro Managing – If you are requesting for too many unnecessary and overly detailed reports then you are a micro manager. This attribute of focusing on details rather than goals will leave the team frustrated and spent on procedural trivia rather than overall performance, quality and results.

    Successful managers focus on targets and goals and help their team create plan and timelines equipping the team with autonomy and accountability fuelling their engagement and motivation.

Becoming an effective, inspiring leader is an ongoing learning experience something that takes time.

The key is to find a balance between delegating and doing it all yourself, between commanding respect and not being too friendly and between asserting your authority and becoming overbearing. We all learn from our errors and mistakes and should strive to learn continually and be our better version./p>

Happy learning and good luck on your managerial journey!

18 February 2018 Posted by: Sunita P (Sr Trainer)