But professional managers don’t start as managers. They’re generally promoted to management. They’ve actually spend most of their lives, and careers, doing something else. So by the time they’ve made manager, they’re beginners again. 3000 days into their career, they’re actually on day one. So, when they start, they’re probably not going to be very good. No different from the first day you pick up a guitar.
Exactly! People are great at their independent contributor (IC) role, so they get bumped up into management.
But, the skills that make you a great IC don’t necessarily translate into great management skills.
In fact, you will probably be a terrible manager if you keep clinging to those IC skills, instead of diving into what this new role requires.