How exciting it is to find yourself in the position of being a new manager. Likely you’ve worked hard to earn the recognition of your employer and your peers to get to this point. But becoming a manager comes with a few obstacles that you should be prepared to overcome. It’s a new skill set and there are some common issues that occur almost across the board with newer managers. Here are a few common mistakes that you should be sure to avoid.
Mistake #1. Not Providing a Strong Vision
Lack of clarity in terms of goals or missions for any one team is at heart a management mistake. These issues need to be addressed from the top down. Without a strong vision, employees often lack the understanding of their work and their place in the overall business. Luckily, this is something that can be corrected easily by aligning on goals then clearly communicating those goals out to your team. When they see the larger vision for the team or the company, then they better understand the value of their work, and where it ladders into the bigger picture.
Mistake #2. Failing to Be a Teacher or Mentor
A good leader is also a naturally good teacher and an important mentor to your employees. Teaching skills might not seem like a staple leadership quality, but those managers who are unable to communicate new processes or insights effectively are often unable to motivate and engage those they need to get the job done. A successful leader is able to identify gaps in the skill sets of their team and then work towards teaching individuals how to fill that void to create a better, more well-rounded team. Make sure you are offering this support to your team to help them achieve their best at work.
Mistake #3. Micromanaging Your Employees
You’ve likely heard that micromanagement is a poor choice in leadership styles. It’s frustrating for the employee and a waste of time for the supervisor as well. When there is so much on the line it can be tempting to reign in your staff to make sure the job gets done to your expectations. But don’t be fooled, it’s not worth the grief. Micromanaging impacts your teams by fostering frustration, damaging self-confidence and trust, and overall reducing morale. If you find yourself needing to disconnect from this management style, take a step back from those projects which are most problematic. Layout your expectations clearly to your staff, and let them bring their best to the table. Course correct only when needed, but count on the skills and creative solutions your team are able to provide.
Mistake #4. Not Making Strong Decisions
A strong leader is able to make good decisions quickly and efficiently. They are committed to taking responsibility for their actions, and the actions of their team, because they know the buck stops with them. Confidence in their ability to make decisions in high-pressure situations, ones which are based on information and data, is critical to high-quality decision-making skills. If you have found yourself sitting on the fence on one too many occasions, make a note to be the one to set the course. You likely have the best understanding of both the opportunities and the consequences should you make the wrong one. Rather than criticizing others for their decisions, step up and make sure you are the one driving the ship.
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