Executive Management Training
Once you’ve been promoted to any level above your peers, you must be careful to maintain the same level of productivity, and work, as you did prior to the promotion. This is often the first of many failures that new managers make. Even those that have had executive training hear lure of the siren’s song.
Justifying the Perks of Management
You feel exuberant and proud that you’ve worked hard and have been rewarded accordingly. That’s what has kept you going for so long! There are any number of justifications a new manager could make: coming in a few minutes late is your prerogative now; taking a few minutes extra at lunch is hardly a crime; leaving a few minutes early to beat the traffic won’t hurt anybody.
These are all things that a weak manager will succumb to if they are not vigilant about maintaining the same work ethic that got them their job in the first place.
If your team doesn’t know when to expect you to arrive in the morning, they quickly come to the conclusion that you think you’re special and can ignore the rules. Respect is lost. They’ll wander around asking everyone they see if they’ve seen so-and-so.
The same goes for lunches. If your subordinates don’t know when you’re coming back, they’ll drop comments to your peers (or boss) that they never know when you’re coming back. And jokes will start to make their way around regarding your leaving early every day.
Each of these things on their own will probably not do too much damage, but taken as a whole, they paint a picture of a manager that doesn’t take their job seriously.
The arrogance of management is probably everyone’s least favorite trait. Someone is promoted and suddenly they act like they are better than their subordinates. They talk down to the people they used to joke around with like they’re beneath them. Or snap at their team for making mistakes that they’ve made themselves but now have no tolerance for.
These are all things that will make you look bad personally. But what’s worse for the organization is that all these traits make a poor leader. Despite all the college classes and books about management, the best advice has been the same for many, many years. Lead by example.
Show Your Team What You Want
If you want your team to be the best, then show them how: arrive on time (or early), limit breaks, stay late to finish important projects, be present every day, and maintain a positive outlook – even when you don’t feel like it. Attitude is contagious. It can spread positively or negatively. Poor managers take out their frustrations on their team. Great managers build their team up and make them better by starting the day on an upbeat note and doing it with consistency.