By Linda Hardenstein via forbes.com Article
Five Dangerous Mistakes New Managers Make (And How To Avoid Them)
“An engineer for eight years, Henry had been managed by plenty of people and had plenty of ideas about how — and how not to — manage people. Now was his chance. But what Henry didn’t realize was that stepping into management — especially if you’ve been promoted from within and are overseeing your former colleagues — isn’t easy. ….
1. You don’t recognize who you have to be.
… relying only on yourself and just focusing on the minutia of a project will no longer cut it. … He would have to be comfortable relying on his team for results. He’d also have to anticipate the impact of his decisions on others and the organization as a whole.
2. You come off as authoritarian.
… The trouble was, he thought that as the boss, he had to have all of the answers. He told his staff not only what to do but how to do things. This will cause you to come across as an authoritarian and a micromanager. ….
3. You don’t give others a chance.
Not wanting any conflicts, Henry elected not to add to the workload of his overburdened staff. He was convinced he could do things faster, easier and better himself. As a result, he was keeping work on his plate that should have been delegated to others. …
4. You don’t follow up.
… he wasn’t checking in with his staff. Projects were getting behind, and he wasn’t aware that things were falling through the cracks. As a new manager, be more strategic than ever when planning your own workload and allow time for checking on the progress of your team.
5. You’re not clear.
… Henry learned a valuable lesson: Clearly communicate your expectations, using a timeline and describing what to do if the agreed-upon timeline isn’t met.”