027 Common Mistakes New Managers Make

In today’s episode we’re talking about the little landmines that are waiting for new managers. When you take that step and become a new leader, there are many things that you need to watch out for. This applies to us all because no one is perfect! If you think you are, then this podcast is not for you. We are today specifically talking about young leaders; not young of age, but young of duty.

"When you are promoted you should be focusing in your new position, not on your old one!"

The most common mistake I see when people get their first promotion is that they don’t step away from their old job. When you are promoted you should be focusing in your new position, not on your old one! My advice for is that when your boss comes to you and asks if you want to take over the responsibility of that team, the first question should be, “And who will take my old position?” Usually the best person on a team gets promoted; however I mentioned in an earlier episode how these characteristics do not always translate to competent leadership. Then next point I would make is especially for leaders of a younger age.  There is a tendency to do hip things just because they’re hip. Make sure that you take the feedback of your team, those individuals who have been there for a long time. Don’t decide to just blindly go with your proposal and then disregard everything because “they’re old so they don’t know any better.” Learn to distinguish between people using their experience to advise you and people being lazy. Regarding proposals, you do not need to wait half a year to implement something. Find the right balance to make decisions from day one when in a new company. They hired you to make an action but make it reasonable action!

"Delegation is giving up control, and many people are afraid of that!"

The next mistake I often see is new leaders tend to not delegate appropriately to avoid losing control. Delegation is giving up control, and many people are afraid of that. If you delegate with appropriate care it can improve the effectivity of your team! The final mistake I often see new leaders make is that they do not know what makes them successful. Most people take over a certain department and only have a slight idea of what the head of such a department needs to do.

"Understand what your customers want!"

The most important thing for every leader is to understand what your customers want. In an organization that means you need to understand what your boss wants you to do!  Many new leaders put all their focus on running their team and do not pay enough attention to their superiors. It is imperative that as a leader you know what your bosses want without them telling you! Avoid these mistakes and you will be ahead of the curve!

Stay in lead!

OLAF KAPINSKI 🙂