The Guide for New Managers

Becoming a manager may seem easy but getting yourself in an office and actually managing people are two different stories. When you are a manager you have a lot of responsibilities for your employees. Making sure they are doing their job is just one part of being a manager. Being able to communicate with your employees is another big part of being a manager.

Common Mistakes

In an article in The Wall Street Journal (Links to an external site.), common mistakes were talked about.  The first mistake that many managers make is how much authority they have. Many feel that they have a lot of authority when in reality they feel very constrained. Harvard Business School Professor Linda Hill was quoted in this article saying, “Becoming a manager is not about becoming a boss. It’s about becoming a hostage.” With new managers, they go into this job thinking that they have a lot more authority over their employees than they do. When they believe this, they are more likely to become frustrated with the job and some even fail and stop being a manager.

Another common mistake is that manager think they just get the respect of their subordinates. They believe that since their job title say that they are in charge that everyone is going to respect that and listen to them, but respect is earned not given. The new managers must show their character, their competence, and their subordinates need to know that the manager is able to get things done. Once the new managers have done so then their employees will follow their lead.


Ways to Shine

When you become a new manager most times you don’t know what you are doing. That is completely okay and many new managers feel this way when entering a new job. Most worry about how to keep things running but what most don’t realize that many other people you work with didn’t know what they were doing when they first started either.

Roberta Matuson wrote an article on seven different ways a new manager can shine. These seven ways included:

  1. Manage those above you
  2. Decode your boss
  3. Become a master player of office politics
  4. Toot your own horn
  5. Manage performance
  6. Be respectful
  7. Hire the best

Matuson continued to go into detail on these seven ways, click here (Links to an external site.) to read more about the seven ways to shine.


Management Styles

In The Huffington Post (Links to an external site.), there are six different management styles that are discussed as well when to use them. According to Hay-McBer the six key management styles are:

  1. The Directive (Coercive) Style; immediate compliance from employees.
  2. The Authoritative (Visionary) Style; providing long-term direction and vision for employees.
  3. The Affiliative Style; creating harmony among employees and between managers and employees.
  4. The Participative (Democratic) Style; building commitment and consensus among employees.
  5. The Pacesetting Style; accomplishing tasks to a high standard of excellence.
  6. The Coaching Style; long-term professional development of employees.

Depending on how you want to run your employees you would use different styles of management before finding the right fit for you and your employees.