Have You Identified The Major New Manager Challenges at Your Company?
While most new managers face similar obstacles, every company presents their own flavor of new manager challenges that must be overcome for new managers to be successful in their unique culture and situation. As a new manager, it can feel as though you are one against many.
But smart people leaders turn themselves around. They don’t behave like a pawn facing an army of corporate opponents. They see themselves and act as the new leader of the team.
4 New Manager Challenges that Must Be Overcome
To marshal the right forces so they work with, and not against, you, there are four new manager challenges that must overcome to succeed :
When employees don’t understand what you expect of them, their performance suffers, their engagement levels decline, and they are likely to focus on the wrong or redundant tasks They may even head off in the complete wrong direction.
Be crystal clear in how you describe work standards and job roles. This is the way to minimize conflict, avoid worker dissatisfaction, and complete projects on time.
Choose a path that makes sense given the strategic and cultural context, and make smart adjustments along the way.
New manager training programs do not often emphasize clarity and prioritization enough. Yes, you need to specify tasks clearly. But what matters most is that workers understand how their tasks align with the overall objectives of the organization.
It is the manager’s job to meet with each team member to define both success and failure in a way that is clear, agreed-upon, meaningful, measurable, and challenging but attainable. When employees understand and commit to their own performance goals, they are accountable and strive to do their best to reach them.
The Bottom Line
Becoming a new manager is challenging but not impossible for those who are willing to change their perspective from leader-of-one to leader-of-many. Are your new managers set up to succeed?
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