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How New Managers Can Be Great Bosses

New managers can grow to become great bosses by recognizing typical challenges and focusing on improvement, according to advancement professionals with firsthand experience.

Advancement professionals explore common mistakes and markers of successful managers in "Are You Managing?" in the July/August issue of Currents.

  • One pitfall to avoid as a new manager is a desire to micromanage because it sends a message that you don't trust your staff, says Tom Herbert, vice president of advancement at Miami University of Ohio and executive director of its foundation. 
  • New managers should also be wary of focusing on immediate changes rather than long-term plans—another frequent problem, according to Ivan Adames, executive director of alumni relations and development at Northwestern University. 
  • Amir Pasic, dean of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, adds that successful management requires a combination of skills acquisition and self-discovery. To achieve this, leaders should develop a management style that fits their personality, solicit honest feedback and educate themselves by taking a managerial development course or even just reading the Harvard Business Review, says Adames. 
  • Finally, to ensure smooth management transitions, advancement leaders should recruit managers based on their ability to coach and mentor, set and achieve goals and handle difficult situations, says Peter Hayashida, vice chancellor of advancement at the University of California, Riverside. 

Read more about management dos and don'ts in "Are You Managing?" in the July/August issue of Currents.

This article is from the August 2017 BriefCASE issue of BriefCASE.