One of the most exciting things in anyone’s career is that first time you get promoted to manager. Finally, a chance to show your real talents and put fresh ideas into action. And, while still bathed in that glow of success, you probably give little thought to all the mistakes inexperienced managers make. Mistakes you might also unknowingly make.
Of course, there are some of us new managers (yes, I was one of them) who do worry from day one that we might screw up big time. Or get eaten alive by more experienced employees (who were passed over for the job), now gleefully watching from the sidelines for our mistakes.
Unfortunately, whatever our level of awareness about mistakes, we’re going to make them. It’s inevitable. But knowing some potential pitfalls can help.