Wally Bock Answers Your
Supervisory Leadership Question
What makes the transition to supervisor so hard?
One thing I've looked at extensively is the transition to that first supervision or management job.
The transition from being and individual contributor to being a supervisor is one of the hardest in business. That's because the person being promoted has to learn a new job, but has to do that at the time that his/her support base is changing as well.
My research says that the transition goes through 3 phases, each of which lasts 4 - 6 months. Without proper attention it's possible for a new promotion to get locked into either a Boss (do what I tell you) or Buddy (I'm really your friend) style and never make the final adjustment to Balance.
Probably the hardest thing for a newly promoted person to understand is that his or her power decreases with the move to supervision.
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