Becoming a Manager: How New Managers Master the Challenges of Leadership

  • 12h 16m 39s
  • Linda A. Hill
  • Gildan Media
  • 2020

In your career, there is one transition that stands out as the most crucial - going from individual contributor to competent manager. New managers have to learn how to lead others rather than do the work themselves, to win trust and respect, to motivate, and to strike the right balance between delegation and control. Many fail to make the transition successfully.

In this timeless, indispensable audiobook, Harvard Business School professor and leadership guru Linda Hill traces the experiences of 19 new managers over the course of their first year in the role. She reveals the complexity of the transition, highlighting the expectations of these managers, their subordinates, and their superiors. We hear the new managers describe how they reframed their understanding of their roles and responsibilities, how they learned to build effective cross-functional work relationships, how and when they used individual and organizational resources, and how they learned to cope with the inevitable stresses of leadership.

Hill vividly shows that becoming a manager is a profound psychological adjustment - a true transformation - as well as a continuous process of learning from experience. Becoming a Manager, a veritable treasury of essential leadership wisdom, is an audiobook you will turn to again and again no matter where you are on your career journey.

In this Audiobook

  • 1. Setting the Stage
  • 2. Reconciling Expectations
  • 3. Moving Toward a Managerial Identity
  • 4. Exercising Authority
  • 5. Managing Subordinates' Performance
  • 6. Gaining Self-Knowledge
  • 7. Coping with the Stresses and Emotions
  • 8. Critical Resources for the First Year
  • 9. Easing the Transformation
  • 10. Exercising Influence without Formal Authority
  • 11. Building an Effective Team
  • 12. Learning for a Lifetime


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