CAREER TRANSITION: From Team Member to First-Time Manager

The jump from the role of individual contributor to a first-time manager is one of the most dramatic and most challenging leaps one can make. It requires a complete shift in how you see your role and in how you deliver results. And unfortunately, most new managers are ill-prepared.
Typically organizations promote their high performers into the role of manager. But just because someone is great at getting the job done doesn’t mean they know how to work through others to get the job done. The skills that served you as an individual are not the same ones you need to be a good manager.

According to a study published by the Corporate Executive Board Company, nearly 60% of first-time managers underperform during their first two years. And they are frustrated and unhappy in their role – more than 50% reported they would rather not manage people.

Why the Jump to First-Time Manager is So Difficult
Ken Blanchard, co-author of Full Steam Ahead: Unleash the Power of Vision, said that their research shows that the role of first-time manager is so difficult because they must contend with three new realities.