Myths about what it means to be a manager
Submitted by dtadmin on Tue, 09/27/2011 - 15:46
Certain myths about what it means to be a manager and how the role is performed are common. As you approach your work as a manager, consider the five myths commonly held by first-time managers and avoid costly mistakes.
Myths and Truths
|Myth 1||I'll use the same skills I used as an individual contributor.||The skills required to be successful as a manager are very different from the skills required to be successful as an individual contributor.||Work to develop your people skills in particular. Concentrate on developing excellent communication skills – including negotiating, coaching, and motivating skills. Organizational and leadership skills are also important.|
|Myth 2||I'll use my power to get results.||Credibility is how you'll get results.||You can build your credibility by
|Myth 3||I'll have much more freedom.||You'll have less freedom.||Manage successfully in spite of having less freedom by
|Myth 4||I can learn the job through training.||On-the-job experience is how you'll learn to be a manager.||Learn through on-the-job experience by
|Myth 5||I need to focus on forging good individual relationships.||Focusing on individual relationships will negatively impact the team's morale and performance.||Focus on forging a strong relationship with the team by using group forums to solve problems and to provide motivation and support.|
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