'Accidental managers' are appointed to management positions based on their ability in their current job; however, many are not trained/educated to deal with the complexities of managing people.


Laura Ashley-Timms writing for Fast Company Magazine makes the following points:
  • People management is a distinct skill that you have to learn and develop.
  • Accidental managers can adopt these strategies to manage people effectively.
  1. Seek out ways to further develop their people management skills.
  2. Adjust their mindset from being a doer to being an enabler of others.
  3. Learn to actively listen to what their team has to say.
Worth noting the Peter Principle:

The Peter Principle states that employees are promoted based on their current role's performance rather than their ability to handle new responsibilities, leading to promotion to a level of incompetence.


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