Becoming a manager can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time. Now, instead of focusing on a to-do list, you need to focus on your team’s success by avoiding some common mistakes managers make while they are new to the managerial position.
Now it’s time to implement all of your leadership skills to push your team members to achieve the team goals. Finally, you have the power to change things on your own terms and take the responsibility for team’s performance. Most of the people who are newly assigned to the managerial position know the ‘what’ part, but they are clueless about the ‘how’ part.
Most of the managers end up portraying themselves as someone who is seen as a ‘bullying boss’ instead of someone who plays as a role model for his team members. Some avoidable mistakes managers make while taking charge of their team deteriorates their chance of being seen as a leader.
Here are some most common mistakes managers make that could hurt their reputation as a leader:
- Sticking to the star mindset instead of adapting the coach mindset. While promoting an employee, a star candidate is given a preference. However, when you are a manager, you no longer have to limit your focus on your own performance and tasks, you need to coach your team and make sure that your team members are now star candidates, and not you.
- Failing to provide a precise direction. As a manager, your main job is to guide your team and motivate them to accomplish tasks. You cannot do all of the tasks by yourself, you will require your team and to assure that they do it properly.
- Not knowing employees as people. You don’t want to get too personal, but you should know what’s going on in their lives. Getting involved with their employees' lives will make you more effective as a leader.
- Not trusting employees. This is the most common among all the mistakes managers make. When managers don’t trust employees, it may prove to be detrimental in a lot of ways. Micromanaging is one example, constant checking up is another. Doing this will only demoralize your employees and make them see you as a ‘bad boss’.
- Being friends with direct reports. You can be friendly, but you cannot be close buddies. You need to separate your professional life from your personal life. Being friends with your direct reports will only lead to bad things.