For most people, becoming a manager isn't an easy task. First-timers face challenges that range from rallying co-workers, some of whom might not be happy with their new bosses, to coping with piles of additional paperwork. Where to begin? Personnel consultants say new managers should start by meeting with their own bosses to clarify the expectations of the position. Some managers, for example, are expected to oversee other employees while also retaining their previous responsibilities. Others may simply be tasked with boosting the performance of the entire group.
In addition, as an employee you've focused primarily on your individual performance. But as a manager, you're now responsible for helping other people do well, and that means you need to change your perspective. Get comfortable stepping into an authoritative role, and realize that character traits that may have gotten you ahead in business before, such as a cutthroat competitiveness, could suddenly work against you.