Your first experience in a management position can be both exciting and daunting as you learn on the job what it means to oversee people, programs and budgets. This is particularly the case in the global development sector, where resource-strapped organizations may not have a training budget or program in place to guide early-career managers.
“It's a huge learning curve,” says Maya El Hage, an operations manager for a global development organization in Lebanon who has been in her role just over a year. “You develop skills personally and professionally, and you are exposed to a lot of different people, different ideas, different stakeholders, different organizations.”
We spoke to global development professionals in mid-level and senior level positions to hear their advice for surviving and succeeding in your first management position. Here is what they said.
Are you a mid-career professional ready for the next step? From navigating your first management position to building skills of the future, here is what you need to take your career to the next level.
Get to know the organization
If you ended up in this position through an internal promotion, you will already be familiar with how things work within the organization. Otherwise, take some time to learn about the processes in place and the people you will manage. Look for opportunities for improvements and make suggestions, but these solutions should be shaped by the opinions of the people on your team as well.