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Common Mistakes Made by New Managers

Common Mistakes Made by New Managers

Common Mistakes Made by New Managers

New managers are often promoted within an existing team.

They then find themselves managing their friends and colleagues.

Many of these managers make mistakes in the way they approach their new role as a manager/ leader.

There are essentially two ways new managers go wrong and one way to put it right.

New managers often try to manage by:

  1. Courting popularity.
  2. Coming-on too strong.

1. Courting popularity

This is where they attempt to manage by trying to be everyone's friend.

Their reasoning is this, "If you like me, then you will do as I ask".

So, new managers go out of their way to be sympathetic, funny and likeable, in the hope that they can use this method to implement standards, modify behaviour and achieve targets.

They soon discover though, that it does not work.

2. Come-on too strong

This means that the new manager becomes too bossy. They make demands on their colleagues and say things like, "Don't argue, just DO IT!"

They adopt a military approach with their team, and they find that this too, does not work.

The Solution

The solution is for managers to find the middle ground: which means finding the happy medium between the two extremes.

This middle ground is to be achieved by implementing a set of management principles, that are subsets of three major concepts:

  1. Clear communication
  2. Rational action
  3. Positive emotions.

1. Clear communication

Clear communication covers: conversation control, voice tone, body language and the written word.

2. Rational action

This means making the right decisions, formulating practical plans, and influencing behaviour.

3. Positive emotion

This means creating and sustaining a positive attitude, especially during tough times, and to create a friendly productive team culture.

Managers should always strive to be: Clear, Rational and Positive.

Leadership and Management : Common Mistakes Made by New Managers

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