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

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Coping with New Feelings

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AS YOU’RE EMBARKING on your new role as a manager, how are you feeling? Most new managers feel excited, proud, and anxious, even fearful of their changing role. And if you’re like many businesspeople in general, you may feel reluctant to acknowledge or talk about these emotions. After all, the workplace should be ruled by logic and rationality—not feelings—right?

But if you understand that your feelings are perfectly normal, you’ll be less likely to be surprised by them. You can also prepare yourself to better manage the emotional challenges and strains that accompany the transition into management.

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