The First-Time Manager

By Loren B. Belker; Gary S. Topchik | Go to book overview

Introduction

So, what exactly is a new manager supposed to do? You have no doubt met bosses who feel that their job is to tell others what to do. Unfortunately, these managers really have not learned what their role is. It is not to direct people, although some of that may be needed. Rather, management should be the process of getting people to become self-directed. The fifth edition of The First-Time Manager will enable you to do that.

Application of the principles described in this book should benefit anyone who is about to embark on a managerial career. Our relationship with other human beings is the most challenging opportunity that exists for us. It covers all aspects of our lives.

If you are going to be a respected manager, you need to find opportunities to gain the support and commitment of your direct reports without having to use your positional power (your title) over them. The best managers get their team members to willingly do what they are supposed to, as opposed to doing it only because the manager said so.

There are many books published on the subject of management, but few of these books address—or zero in on—those individuals who are about to begin a career of leading other people. These first-time managers are not interested in a lot of

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