PJ Neal

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New Managers as Leaders: Closing the Skills Gap [SmartBlog on Leadership]

Today’s business world is fast-paced and complex. Opportunities emerge quickly (and disappear rapidly), new threats emerge continuously, and globalization opens up new markets that require intimate local knowledge.

In this volatile and ever-changing environment, new managers matter. They’re on the front lines with your workforce, your customers, your competitors, and your markets. They have tremendous potential, and some of them will become your organization’s future executives. It’s easy to simply rely on your new managers to take care of the management basics — assigning workloads, supervising others, approving vacation requests, managing budgets, and conducting performance reviews — but there is another role that they can, and should, step into: the role of leader.

Read the full article, co-authored with Rob McKinney and Ellen Bailey, in SmartBlog on Leadership.