3 Types of Skills New Managers Need

May 5, 2014 Celia Richardson

It’s a common theme -- moving from doing to managing can be both rewarding and daunting. On the one hand, new managers have been recognized for their hard work, but the flip side is they now have to start to manage people and much of the success of a manager is around ‘people skills’. We all know that adapting to management takes time, but as a leader how can you help make new managers successful? If you have limited resources and budget, at the very least you should focus on 3 groups of skills:

  1. Delegating – The manager’s job is to get work done through people. Effectively delegating is an art and skill!
  2. Giving and receiving feedback – Being able to coach, direct, and deliberately give feedback can greatly influence anyone’s performance.
  3. Goal setting – Clear goals set people up for success.  Help your new managers gain the skills needed to identify the characteristics of good goals, how to write them and how to align them to business strategy.

New managers are adapting to new and more responsibilities and relationships with co-workers.  It’s an uncomfortable space. Help equip them with the skills they need to succeed.

What do you find works?  What other skills do you think new managers need right away?

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