Congratulations! After all of the time and sacrifice you have put into your company, you have finally been promoted to the position you rightfully earned. This type of achievement is something that will definitely not go unnoticed. But like with anything in life, the higher the climb, the bigger the fall. As a director, supervisor, or manager of your company, it is imperative you understand and internalize the overall struggles that these leadership positions will entail. For many novice and inexperienced managers, they make the big mistake by not internalizing the various ramifications their actions can have on the company and their employees as a whole. Without understanding these flaws, you can find yourself in a very difficult position later on down the road.
To be an effective business leader, it is imperative you understand these overarching mistakes. By highlighting the political, control, and motivation hurdles, you will be able to lead your team in achieving their goals each and every day.
Below, I have highlighted some mistakes new managers have made or seen. While you may still experience some of these mistakes later on down the line, you will be able handle them in the most efficient and effective way possible. To help aid the process, I have broken these flaws into four different categories:
- Performance Management
- Career Development
- Organizational Skills
As a supervisor or manager at your company, it is important that you maintain a high level of performance and responsibility within your job. One of the biggest mistakes many novice managers make is being slow with dealing with performance issues. Yes, you are essentially the new kid on the block. In fact, you may have employees who undermine your authority because of your age and experience with this leadership position, but this should not deter you away from putting out the fires within your team. If you are noting specific performance issues early on, you will be able to give and create helpful feedback and viable solutions to ongoing or future performance issues. Now while all of this is happening, make sure you document any type of performance, whether they are positive or negative. Understanding the strength of your team will help you adjust your own strategies in leveraging the best out of your employees. If you find that the situation has escalated to unforeseeable outcomes, these notes may give you enough reason to terminate a particular employee. In addition, understanding the strengths of your employees will alone, provide a stronger and more holistic understanding to those who can handle any high-level task. Remember, play the cards that are dealt. While some might not be in your favor, try and strategize so that they can benefit you your team as a whole.
It goes without saying that a great leader is not a person who sets out various objectives, but inspires innovative and strategic action. To do this, it is imperative that you know your employees. Take the time to understand their personal and professional goals. Ask them overarching questions of their feelings about the job and where they see themselves five (ten, twenty) years from now. By understanding their own personal objectives, you will be able to help move them into either a better position or a different company. In addition, make sure you understand their strengths and weaknesses. While I have already mentioned this before, internalizing and noting the strengths and flaws of your workers will give you areas that you know your employees can excel and thrive in. It will also give you areas in which they themselves can grow and professionally develop in the future. Start off with their work. Understand their own personal work ethics and various tasks they can do well. If you know there is one particular flaw that they have, be sure to notify them of that weakness. For some employees, they are unaware of that limitation and can oftentimes overlook their own work ethics. This will give you the opportunity to showcase your leadership skills and build them to be efficient, effective, and consistent rock stars later on in their careers.
While leadership has become more of a buzzword within the business sector, you have to understand the various attributes that align to it. Strong and successful leaders look to create and grow opportunities for their team. They will not only allocate any resources that can aid them in their efforts, but also specify what objectives they want to hit each and every day. Now, as much as I can talk about the organizational and managerial skills all leaders encompass within their professional careers, I have to highlight the true goal of a leader, inspiring action. The art of a leader is not to simply dictate various tasks. Instead, they are to inspire creativity, ingenuity, and action. This type of leadership is something that can take a mediocre team in hitting their objectives each and every day. To do this, be positive and transparent. Be informative and creative. And most importantly be decisive and confident.
Successful managers are great at their jobs because they are simply organized with their day-to-day task. As a manager, your role will require you to create a logistical system that workers in overseeing your employees’ task and your own. One of the biggest mistakes novice managers make is not taking a holistic approach is preparing their systems. Make sure you spend an hour or so compiling a system that works for you. The more organized and sound your logistics are, the better off you will be in executing any task that comes your way.