Hard act to follow
New managers need support
Promotion to management level is an important career step, but often leads to the new manager being submerged in quite a few problems. On paper the role change is quickly implemented, however the self-confidence of the new manager does not usually develop at the same speed. It is essential that the young manager consciously appreciates his/her new competences and responsibilities.
To take on a management role is always a great challenge. Sometimes such a role is taken by a person who possesses the required professional and intellectual abilities, but not the necessary personal attributes. Hence the first necessity is the correct choice of candidate.
Young managers often feel left alone and require in the beginning period not just professional but also above all individual support. This can be supplied through an internal or external coach or also through a mentor. Thus as well as developing more practical strategies regard is also taken for personal well-being.
In addition, many young managers have problems with their own target setting. The discrepancy between expectations and reality causes the collapse of some company goals sometimes already in the beginning. This tendency appears when clear target expectations for management are lacking, which hints that in the company itself an adequate level of »strategic planning« is lacking and so the »action plans« are not being made (transparently).
Successful companies already know that new blood in management need especial watching over and therefore supply the »top managers of tomorrow« not only with clear targets and transparent business strategies, but also a sensible management development program with the option of accompanying individual coaching.