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Becoming a New Manager: Expert Solutions to Everyday Challenges by Harvard Business School Press

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Embracing Your New Identity

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MANY FIRST-TIME leaders are aware that they’ll need to master new management skills and competencies in order to succeed in their new role. However, they may not realize that the managerial role will change who they are as persons. As you begin devoting yourself to your new job, you’ll experience shifts along these three dimensions:

  • Your motivations for being a manager
  • Your assessment of your ability to do the job
  • Your professional identity

Let’s examine each of these in turn.

Understanding your motivations

Many soon-to-be managers look forward to their new role because they believe it will let them assume more authority ...

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