7 New Manager Mistakes to Avoid

By becoming familiar with the most typical mistakes made by new managers, you will be able to spot the warning signs and better avoid them.

The most common error new managers make is expecting that the talents that made them an all-star employee will also make them an all-star manager.

New managers frequently struggle to accept their new responsibility and let go of old behaviours. As a result, they make mistakes like doing rather than delegating, being a friend rather than a supervisor, and losing sight of the overall picture.

Insecure new managers may overcompensate by acting unilaterally, or undercompensate by failing to stand up for their team and overcommitting them to higher management requests.

Finally, inexperienced managers may make the mistake of undercommunicating with their team or failing to devote enough time to getting to know and managing individuals.

Make no drastic adjustments too soon. New managers should be cautious about making radical changes too soon. Spend your time instead getting to know your people, learning more about their jobs, and understanding current systems and processes. Before making suggestions, do your homework. Better yet, solicit feedback from your staff on what they want to see changed.

The key takeaways

New managers frequently struggle to accept their new responsibility and let go of old behaviours.

As a new manager avoid these 7 mistakes:

  • Doing instead of delegating.
  • Being a buddy instead of a boss.
  • Acting unilaterally.
  • Under-communicating.
  • Not getting to know your team as individuals.
  • Overcommitting your team.
  • Losing sight of the big picture.

Insecure new managers may overcompensate by acting unilaterally.

Inexperienced managers may make the mistake of undercommunicating with their team or failing to devote enough time to getting to know individuals.

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