Initial management can be very difficult, especially with less experienced and untrained young leaders before taking on new positions. Here is a list of the top 10 mistakes that new entrants have faced, and some suggestions to help them overcome those “start-ups”.
1. BELIEVE THAT YOU KNOW EVERYTHING
If you’ve just been promoted to the manager of a production department, you might think you already know all the specialized knowledge about the department. Do not rush the subject. With limited experience, you will surely face many challenges that come from another complex management job – human management. Listen to the people around you and ask for their opinions when needed. Always be open-minded and open to new ideas as well as sincere comments.
2. SHOW THAT YOU ARE THE LEADER
Trust me, everyone who works with you knows who the leader is. You do not have to boast about being a boss. However, your actions must prove to everyone that as a leader, you are making positive changes to the team.
3. ALWAYS TRY TO CHANGE THINGS
Do not try to change things your way when your experience is limited, because you are very easy to mess things up. If things simply do not work the way you want them to and do not always mean that they are wrong. Learn to distinguish between “different” and “wrong”.
4. FEAR WHEN DOING ANYTHING
You may not ask yourself to be promoted. You may not be confident that you can handle a new position. But do not let those negative thoughts interfere with your work. Senior leaders will never allow you to sit in that chair if they are not sure you are capable.
5. DO NOT TAKE THE TIME TO LEARN ABOUT PEOPLE
You may have worked with these people for a long time, but that does not mean you understand them all. Find out what interests them, how to motivate them, what makes them scared and anxious. Try to find and understand them one by one, because that’s the only way you can manage them effectively. Employees can be helpful assistants to reach success. But they are the ones who can knock you on the road to being a great manager. Take care and spend time with them!
6. DO NOT SPEND TIME WITH YOUR BOSS
Since your boss recently promoted you, they certainly know how busy you are and do not need to spend time with them, right? If you have such thoughts then you are wrong. Your job is the same as before when you are still an employee, it is to help your boss. Spend some time to meet with your boss to inform you about the situation and get help and guidance.
7. DO NOT PAY ATTENTION TO PROBLEMS OR TROUBLEMAKERS
You will never be able to avoid trouble, nor hope that one day they will disappear. When trouble occurs, you must be responsible for finding the best solution and implementing it. However, this does not mean that you can not ask for information or help from others, but it does mean that you have to pay attention to them.
8. TOO FOCUSED ON BUILDING MODEL IMAGE
Being a manager does not mean that you do not have humanity, that you can not laugh, not express feelings or make mistakes.
9. DO NOT PROTECT YOUR EMPLOYEES
The people in your group will be under pressure from all sides. Other parts may be blamed on your part because of a problematic interface. Your boss can do all the hard work on your part. The HR department can make the decision that the salary in your department is too high. That is when you have to fight for your subordinates and make sure they are treated as fairly as possible. If so, they will respond to you with loyalty.
10. AVOID TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANYTHING
Whether you like it or not, as a manager, you are 100% responsible for everything that happens in your department. Anything that someone in your department does is your reflection. You have to build effective communication channels to make sure that things do not go awry. However, you must be prepared to shoulder the responsibility. Remember, responsibilities and authority always come together.