It can be an incredible time for you to become a manager. However, just as the experience is incredibly exciting, it can be overwhelming too! After becoming a manager, you will have the rights to make an impact, effect change, and help your employees through better and bigger things. But at the same time, you need to figure out how to go about doing all this and more! In the process of this learning curve, there are chances that you will make some common mistakes.Empowering Managers – Download Brochure Here
Therefore, here are some first time manager common mistakes you need to watch out for:
Doing things on your own
Most probably, you would have had to follow a to-do list of assignments when you were still an individual contributor. However, you cannot have the same approach after becoming a manager. In fact, at this stage of your corporate career, your main responsibility would be to get the things done by your subordinates, team members or junior employees. As a first time managers, this can be a confusing transition to go through, as you will no longer have the list of to-do assignments any longer.
Also, as a manager, you cannot just focus on your individual tasks. In fact, you need to make sure that your team delivers the results expected out of them. Your success as a manager is dependent on team’s success.
Focusing on smaller details instead of larger picture
Having been in the individual contributor’s role for so long, you may have become accustomed to keeping track of minute details of your project – including the phone calls you have to make, keeping track of your e-mails and so on. However, as a manager, you cannot and should not assess such minute details each and every time. Most first time managers often make this mistake and end up being micromanagers.
As a first time manager, your job is to focus on the larger picture. No doubt, you will need to monitor the progress of individual projects. However, that is only a part of your job. You need to constantly motivate your team and ensure everybody is committed to achieving long-term goals.
Making promises that you can’t fulfill
As a first time manager, you would be keen to please your new team and prove yourself as an able leader. Whilst this attitude is admirable, you should refrain from making tall promises or goals that are unrealistic or hard to fulfill. Set the agenda for the team with promises that are easy to start with, whilst increasing them as time passes.
Following others style
It is quite common for first time managers to follow others’ style while they are still new to the ‘managerial’ role. This is understandable given that you cannot possess the ‘managerial’ qualities overnight. While following somebody else’s style, it is better to develop and follow your own style as that way you will be comfortable and can adjust to different work environments easily and quickly.
Not taking decisions
Decision paralysis is something most first time managers experience as they are low in ‘real-time’ management experience. Also, among the biggest mistakes first time manager makes is to believe that his single decision is going to impact the entire team and, therefore, refrains from doing so when the time actually comes to make one. Instead, as a first time manager, you need to stay positive and confident that your decisions are correct and based on situations at hand and they are going to have a positive effect on your team and company as a whole.