Being a Good New Manager from the Start
Being a good new manager is not a matter of luck. When new managers falter, it is almost always due to a lack of management preparation and support. And often the blame belongs to the leaders who promoted them into their new role.
Leading Is Very Different than Doing
Many employees are promoted to management because of their success delivering results as an individual contributor combined with their technical expertise. But one critical ingredient is often missing – the ability to get work done through others. Too many new managers have not been taught how to effectively lead people.
Research on New Manager Effectiveness
With more than half of first-time managers reporting that they received no training when promoted, it is not surprising that up to 50% of new managers are deemed ineffective by their bosses. Additionally, Gallup estimates that managers account for at least 70% of variance in employee engagement scores across business units. The bottom line is that most new managers struggle in their new role.
Two Solid Tips to Better Prepare New Managers
Be sure you set up your new managers to succeed by:
1. Providing the Right Management Development
Don’t just look for a standard management training program, sign them up and think you’ve done your job in preparing them. While the management fundamentals are an important starting point, make sure that any new manager training focuses on the critical few management situations that make the difference between an average and extraordinary manager at your company with respect to your unique strategy and culture.
Then make sure to customize the content to each person’s specific development needs. Are they able to adapt to different communication styles? Do they know how to run effective meetings? Can they delegate tasks and hold team members accountable? Do they know the importance of setting clear expectations? These are just a few of the skills they will need to succeed at being a good new manager.
2. Provide Continued Support and Coaching
Only 1-in-5 management training participants change their on-the-job performance from management training alone. Acknowledge that there will be a learning curve and ongoing challenges. Then provide consistent feedback, coaching and support to let them know how they are doing and to provide advice on how to improve.
The Bottom Line
The effectiveness of your managers matters too much to your overall business performance to neglect the thoughtful preparation of new managers. They need targeted development opportunities early on, understanding and support as they move into their new position, and ongoing coaching so they have a chance to learn from their mistakes and continuously improve. Do not leave the process up to luck.
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