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7 Mistakes Most First-Time Managers Make at Least Once

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This week’s Friday Resource was originally published by The Muse and explores common pitfalls of the first-time manager.

The days of relying solely on yourself to get the job done are gone – as a manager you need to ensure you are providing your team with the resources they need to complete their jobs. Success is now measured by what your team can accomplish and requires consistent coaching, supervising, and guidance.

Oftentimes, one of the hardest habits to break is to get out of the weeds and look at the big picture. As a manager, you are in charge of guiding your team or department towards long-term goals. Part of that is letting go of the tiny details and trusting your team to accomplish their individual goals (don’t become a micromanager – no one likes that).

Getting into the cadence of a managerial role can take some time to perfect – however it is important to make sure that you do not wait too long to get your hands dirty. You are now responsible for making decisions that affect a whole team of people, so it is important to not hold back and to make the most of your opportunity from the beginning.

First-time mangers, it is up to you to avoid these common pitfalls and continue working towards becoming the manager you strive to be.  

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