So, You Want to Be a People Manager
Almost everyone who has been encouraged to take on the role of people manager at work has succeeded first in their role as individual contributor or team member. High performing individual contributors — especially those with high levels of perceived leadership potential — typically attract the attention of those responsible for building leadership succession planning pipelines. But do they have the fundamental skills for every people manager?
Certainly, it’s exciting to be offered a new management position that raises your status. But make sure that you, as well as your supervisor, understand what it will take for you to succeed as a people manager. The skills you’ve displayed as an individual team member are not the same as those you will need as a team leader.
Fundamental Skills for Every People Manager
No matter what level you are in the company, if you are in charge of leading others, there are a few fundamental skills for every people manager that you need to develop and foster.
The Bottom Line
While you should appreciate and welcome the challenge of managing a team, be sure you have access to management training programs to develop the fundamental management skills you will need to succeed. Are you truly ready to have your success dependent upon the success of others?
To learn more about fundamental skills for every people manager, download 5 Management Misperceptions that Slip Up Too Many New Managers
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