For a new manager to successfully take the helm, they must quickly transition from managing themselves as an individual contributor to managing others.
While most people are initially thrilled to be rewarded with a new management position, many never excel or continue to move up the ranks because they are more suited to "doing" than "managing." Many unsuccessful new managers try the same tactics that led to victory as an individual contributor. But no manager can successfully do everyone's job. Instead of over-reaching or micromanaging, effective managers use organizational leadership skills to plan, coordinate, communicate, motivate and delegate to get sustainable results with and through others.
Mastering the art and science of business management requires an additional set of skills to stimulate and engage others to achieve great things. To make the leap from self-sufficiency to being dependent upon the success of others requires a significant change in attitude, working style and skill set. Instead of outworking others, new managers must more consistently provide direction, share information, coordinate activities and tune into the needs and aspirations of their team.
Effective new manager training helps first-time managers to navigate this difficult transition by making sure that new managers know what is required of them in the areas of goal setting, decision making, problem solving, delegation, performance management, change management and communication.
The bottom-line is that success as an individual contributor does not guarantee success as a new manager. Technical skills alone are not enough to attract, motivate, engage, develop and retain top talent while meeting greater, wider and more complex performance demands.
To gauge your success on any management training program, always strive to measure and move at least one of the following key metrics:
- Leadership execution effectiveness of key corporate strategies.
- Employee attraction, development, performance, engagement and retention.
- Project cost, quality, and time.