I’ve known far too many people who reach the coveted level of “middle management” and believe they’ve finally reached Easy Street. “Time to sit back and let the minions do my bidding!” Ok, I’m sure that’s not exactly verbalized, but delegation is easily abused by middle managers who think their primary job is to ensure everyone is typing away happily all day. (these are all the same managers you find tapping their watch when you come in too late or leave too early)
On the contrary, great managers accept the responsibility of what it is to lead. And great leaders don’t bark out orders and head out for a long lunch break. Great managers help their team by serving them.
The thing to remember here is that moving into management usually means you’re no longer a direct producer. Your coding/designing/selling skills are usually taking a back seat to your newly found management skills. So you must realize that your team is now the only ones capable of producing a win. The prevailing thought cannot be “Who can I get to do this work for me?” but instead should be “My job is to make sure my team members can succeed.”
The best way to make sure your team succeeds is to ensure they’re productive. So you must keep an eye out for things that destroy productivity: useless meetings, directional ambiguity, and interruptions.
Like a good Scrum Master, a great manager excels at removing obstacles for their team. Cut through the red tape, get the answers your team needs, and do your very best to provide a distraction-free work environment. Your team will thank you.
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