There are many finance and accounting recruiters for those who pursue a path to a management role. They work hard to learn and achieve their goal. What many may not realize is how much more they will need to learn once they’ve earned it. Avoiding these five common mistakes can be the key to succeeding in your new role.
Not Knowing the Culture
Company culture is a mission and core set of values that a company operates by, often with ties to their brand image. Successful finance recruiters will tell you that the worth they provide their clients is in finding candidates who share those values. As a manager, you need to be able to lead by example as well as help your team be accountable to the culture.
Not Seeking Team Input
Many new managers mistakenly believe they are supposed to have all the answers for their teams. The reality is that the team is more motivated to fix the problem when they are given the opportunity to help solve it.
Not Using Team Strengths
There is so much to learn when stepping into a new management role that it can be easy to focus on the processes more than the individuals on the team. By learning the strengths of each member of your team, you can shift your focus to other areas because you know you have an expert on hand if you need help.
Not Seeking Feedback
Your team relies on you for feedback to help them perform their jobs well. At the same time, you need feedback from your leader, peers and team to perform your job well. Seek it out and help your team feel comfortable giving it to you.
Not Establishing Expectations
When you have a new leader, you need to understand their expectations to be able to meet them. The same is true for your new team, so be sure to establish those as soon as you can. It’s the perfect time to be sure you understand their expectations of you, as well.
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