Are you making these new leaders’ mistakes?

03 Sep 2020

You have performed well and landed a promotion to take on new managerial responsibilities.

According to, let's take a look at some underdeveloped skills or pitfalls that might hinder you from leading the team effectively. After all, transitioning from a high-performing employee to a leader may require you to do more and also do less.

Business as usual

Now that you have been selected to lead, you do not need to justify your promotion by being overly friendly or distancing yourself from colleagues whom you are close with.

Joining the management side may need some getting used to between you and your teammates. By listening and sharing with openness, the transition need not be awkward as it is about building a bridge, not a wall.


Performing well in a new leadership role is a work goal we want to achieve. In hindsight, one can end up shaking up the management style in the team by micromanaging.

Instead of throwing out detailed steps on how you want the tasks done, state your objectives clearly with a specific timeline and allow your team to step up and manage themselves, and turn to you for direction if they need.

By placing trust in the members to perform well, trust and reliance can be formed, and employees can continue to work comfortably.

Oversharing of ideas

As a leader, your opinon will most likely be the most significant. It is vital to take note of the way you say things as they can come across as being an order or sounding like you are the smartest in the room.

You can throw out the vision you like to achieve and lead the team in a discussion to think up solutions or generate ideas.

By valuing the team members' opinions, you can influence and motivate them to throw out ideas and speak up more.



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