Transitioning into Management: From New to Midlevel Professional to Seasoned Professional

Let’s face it… moving into management is not as easy and straightforward as some people think. Inevitably you will be faced with problems you are not used to solving. And much of your success will depend on your “people skills” and your ability to think and act as a seasoned manager. But what is so different about your role when transitioning into management? For one, you will need to hone a variety of new skills. For example, managing a diverse workforce, delegating, setting group goals, delivering effective and sometimes difficult messages, tracking employee performance, coaching individuals, supporting the career progression of others, developing your employees, learning to work through others, and leveraging other groups of the organization effectively (e.g. procurement, talent management, human resources, and the legal department).

Managing conflict and difficult conversations will test your communication skills. Influencing others to follow your vision will assess your leadership expertise. Expanding your relationships with key strategic individuals will demonstrate your networking abilities. And all of this must be done while running a successful group or business line. Are you really ready for the challenge or just looking to score the corner office?


  • Understand typical management challenges
  • Review expected management responsibilities
  • Work with other groups (e.g. procurement, HR, etc.)
  • Establish direction for your team and align to leadership goals
  • Identify techniques to improve the work environment
  • Form your own opinions over time
  • Manage conflict and difficult interactions
  • Recognize and reward performance
  • Learn the hiring process
  • Enhance your understanding of the business
  • Appreciate the art of managing others
  • Evaluate tips for new managers
  • Embrace change