More and more, younger and less experienced employees are being promoted into management positions. Sadly, CEB found that 85% of employees receive no new manager training prior to switching into the role of manager. Due in large part to their never learning how to avoid the top new people manager pitfalls, 60% of new managers underperform during their first two years.
Besides the obvious lack of preparation, new people managers rarely understand or appreciate the breadth of the challenge they are taking on and report not receiving the ongoing coaching, support, and feedback to support them as they learn how to get work done through others.
Four Common New People Manager Pitfalls to Avoid
With data from our people manager assessment center combined with over three decades of designing customized management training programs, we have identified four common traps that even well-motivated and well-intentioned new managers can unwittingly step into:
The Bottom Line
There are pitfalls in the way of new people managers. But if you thoughtfully prepare yourself for what it really means to lead a team, you can avoid them and meaningfully engage your team.
To learn more about how to avoid the top new people manager pitfalls, download 3 Must-Have Ingredients of High Performing Teams for New Managers
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