BLUF'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.
- Seek out ways to further develop their people management skills.
- Adjust their mindset from being a doer to being an enabler of others.
- 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. https://www.investopedia.com/terms/p/peter-principle.asp
References from the Web :
- JAN 2020 Spot the Accidental Manager – Linked In
- MAR 2021 Accidental managers – all title, no training – The HR Director