It’s okay to admit that you need a little extra help when you’re in a management position the first time. Mistakes happen, but you can also learn from others so you can avoid some of the more common problems. What are some of the mistakes people make when they become new managers, and how can you learn from them? Let’s take a closer look.
You Don’t Pay Attention to Body Language
You already know that you need to listen to your team members to understand their concerns or learn their ideas. What you may not know is to also pay attention to what they’re not saying. Sometimes an employee will say yes because they feel like they don’t have a choice, but their body language tells you something very different. This is just as important and if you can learn to read these non-verbal cues, you’ll become a better manager.
You Fake It a Little Too Much
We all know the adage, “Fake it until you make it.” And while that can get you past various hurdles, sometimes faking it too much can lead to even bigger problems. It’s okay to say you don’t know the answer to something. It’s okay to ask for help, whether from your management structure or the team you’re supervising.
You Fall Back on Micromanagement
When you transition from worker to supervisor, it’s hard to let go of your ownership. You may feel like you have to do it yourself for it to get done right in the first place. So you begin to watch your employees very closely and pick on every little thing you wouldn’t have done. This behavior needs to stop. Your employees are professionals hired to do a job, so let them do it. Trust them and they will perform.
You Can’t See the Forest Through the Trees
One of the biggest differences for those entering management roles is the shift between details and the big picture. It’s hard sometimes to see the result when you’re so engrossed in the day-to-day tasks. But that is exactly the job of a supervisor. Don’t get so caught up in minutia that you can’t see how the entire picture will come together in the end.
You Forget to Say No
Just as your employees may not be comfortable saying no to you, you may not be comfortable saying no to your managers or other departments. But being a successful manager means you have to prioritize the work that’s done by your employees, so it’s important to know how to say no strategically. There will be tasks you cannot take on and do well, or you can offer to do them but at a later deadline based on the current workflow.
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