Magazine article Talent Development

New Managers Need Help

Magazine article Talent Development

New Managers Need Help

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Who doesn't want good managers to succeed? That is a desire of all leaders who promote good employees into management positions, but what is evident in many cases is that these high-performing employees are sometimes thrust into management positions with no training. They are expected to "flip the script" and go from "me to we," often without any guidance. As author William Gentry writes in the cover story on page 26, managers must realize "It's not about me, anymore."

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Success comes when managers realize they are no longer individual contributors but part of a team of employees who work together to solve issues and complete projects. As talent development professionals, Gentry writes, "We must help new leaders... to ease their transition from individual contributors to leaders and maximize their chances of success in their new leadership roles."

To succeed, Gentry points to six things that managers must change: their mindset, skill set, "do it all" attitude, relationships, perspective, and focus.

"Leadership isn't easy. It's frustrating, confusing, and at times thankless," Gentry writes. "We must give new leaders the opportunity to be vulnerable, brave, and courageous in making this most difficult transition in their careers. …

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