This is the first in a series of posts discussing management skills. If you haven’t already, please refer to the introduction first. These articles will apply to new team leads who grew from within a company and those starting their first steps in managing others as well as themselves. They aim to provide for others what I’ve had to collect from mentors, teachers, or the hard way through trial and error.
A natural step in an organization would be to take a great employee and carve a path where they would have more direct impact on the company. For example, by promoting employees to Team Leads and managers.
We all have to start somewhere, and your first team will test many of the things you thought you knew about management. Most of what managers do is not something team members see. You will learn a lot about yourself and others. You will be in position to impact lives for better or worse and there’s nothing more gratifying than seeing your people grow.