3 Major Attributes New Managers Need to Have to Succeed

Do you have aspirations to move up the career ladder into a management position? Before you take that step to become a new manager, make sure you are really ready for the challenge of leading and managing others.

After more than two decades of designing and delivering new manager training to help our clients prepare their newly promoted individual contributors for success in management roles, we have identified three major attributes new managers need to succeed. Do you have what it takes? Take a look at your own behavior on the job. Measure yourself against these three new manager success factors to help you determine if management is for you:

  1. NEW MANAGER STRATEGY SUCCESS FACTOR
    How able are you to rise above the routine tasks and see the big picture?
    The best managers are not mired in the muck of the day-to-day routine. They are able to understand at a strategic level how what they do fits into the overall strategy and vision of the organization. They know how to plan for the future, gain the support of their team and implement a clear, effective and aligned strategy that gets results. Managers need to be able to look at a problem, envision the solution and break down the steps it will take to solve it with various stakeholders.From a strategy perspective, high performing new managers ensure that their teams trust them to set the right course, clearly understand their goals and accountabilities, and know how they fit into the future plans of the organization.
  2. NEW MANAGER CULTURE SUCCESS FACTOR
    How ready are you to hold yourself accountable?
    A new manager who expects their team to behave according to expectations should be ready to set the example of how to step up to challenges and get the job done, no matter how difficult. There will be projects that fail. Are you willing to own the successes as well as the failures…are you ready to adopt the old “buck stops here” mentality? The best managers understand that their success depends upon the success of the team. It is a new manager’s responsibility to lead the team to the goal and handle all the difficulties along the way. They do what they say they will do.From an organizational culture perspective, high performing new managers ensure that their teams know they will be recognized if they contribute to the organization’s success, believe that you, as their boss, are committed to making their organization a great place to work and feel that your people are your most important resource.
  3. NEW MANAGER TALENT SUCCESS FACTOR
    How well do you get along with and communicate with people?
    The best managers have a knack for understanding what makes others tick and for connecting with them in a meaningful way. They are able to flex their communication style to adapt to the preferred style of others. They have empathy and easily understand others’ feelings and motivations. They are simply very people savvy and, as a result, are well-liked and trusted by their co-workers.From a talent management perspective, high performing new managers ensure that their teams believe you, as their supervisor, are honest, trustworthy and demonstrate integrity. High performing new managers make certain their teams collaborate with each other while leveraging individual strengths and also provide professional growth and career opportunities for every member of their team.

True leaders know how to build a strong, capable team because they care about and understand the individuals on the team. True leaders see a problem and figure out a way to fix it. True leaders welcome challenges and ably shoulder responsibility because they are ambitious, confident and committed to their own growth.

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