I came across a spate of articles lately proposing different reasons why some managers fail. The reasons ranged from rising to their level of incompetence, becoming corrupted by power, promotion by favoritism, and not being a “born leader.”
I suspect the reasons are less nefarious.
I suspect managers fail because they haven’t developed the skills to be a good manager.
I don’t buy that successful managers are “born leaders.” I believe that successful managers have skills and abilities related to both management and leadership behaviors. And, my experience is that except for those rare birds who just don’t like working with other people–people can learn the skills and develop the abilities to be successful managers. (Assuming reasonable emotional adjustment, self-awareness, and the ability to inspect and adapt their own behavior.)
Of course, it’s harder to learn those skills and develop those abilities when there aren’t good role models, and when a new manager doesn’t have coaching and support to improve.
So if you or someone you know would like to work on their management skills and abilities, consider coming to the Managing One-on-One workshop Johanna and I are offering April 23-25, right here in lovely Minnesota (the show should be gone by then).