If someone is promoted into a management role you would assume it happened because they were seen as good at it or showed the potential to be good at it.
Yet in truth people often find themselves in management roles because:
While many managers do a great job, many struggle. Why?
They Don’t Promote Themselves
By that I mean that they try to do all of the things that they did previously and think that they will find a way of finding time for managing in a schedule that is already packed full.
They Won’t Let Go
This is a particular issue if you are the type of person who likes doing stuff and has a lot of resistance to delegating to others
They Think They Need To Have All The Answers
Trust me you don’t. The reason why you have a team of people working with you is so that they can bring their expertise to the team and help provide solutions.
They Don’t Make It A Priority
I hear people say things like they don’t have time to manage. No one is handed extra time for managing. The way we spend our time is determined by the decisions we make about how we use it.
They Don’t Want To Upset Anyone
As a result they play it safe and never push the boundaries. The reality is that whatever you do you will upset someone. You will never please everyone and if you try to you are doomed.
They Don’t Adapt
Forget the one style of management fits all situations idea. This is a complete myth. You need to adapt your management style taking a count of the context or situation you face.
The Bottom Line: Getting better at managing is ongoing work in progress. Embrace this idea and chances are you will start to see improvements in the success you achieve when it comes to managing.
Duncan Brodie helps teams of professionals in medium to large organisations to become highly effective managers. Learn more here
Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 8,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.