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Leadership advice for first-time managers

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It’s hard to be a boss for the first time, but Dan McCarthy, the director of Executive Development Pro­­grams at the University of New Hamp­­shire, has some tips to help you out.

  • Know it’s a new job. Managing takes a different skill set, so you’ll have to start in learning mode.
  • Approach each employee as an individual. Get to know your em­­ployees well and read the book on “situational leadership” so you can manage each one the best way possible.
  • Practice active listening. It’s the most important leadership skill.
  • Learn to deal with performance problems. You will have them, and you will have to deal with them consistently, effectively and discreetly.
  • Show everyone respect. Never fail to treat your employees respectfully.

— Adapted from “25 tips for managing your first direct reports,” Daniel McCarthy, SmartBlog on Leadership.

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