Stepping into arole is exciting and scary all at the same time.
While leading others is extremely rewarding, it’s also challenging—especially if you make these rookie mistakes:
1. Thinking it’s all about you. Sure you’re excited and maybe even a little overwhelmed. However, now is not the time to put your feelings first.
Your employees are going through the transition, too. Focus on making that transition as easy as possible for them.
2. Changing everything at once. If you do, employees will resist your ideas and plans. Get your bearings first, and then make small, incremental changes that move the team in a positive direction.
3. Failing to set ground rules. You need to establish your expectations for the team. For example, if you want people to follow specific protocol for taking personal time off, let it be known early to avoid problems later.
— Adapted from “5 Things New Managers Get Wrong,” Laura McMullen, U.S. News & World Report, http://money.usnews.com.