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Becoming a Manager: How New Managers Master the Challenges of Leadership by Linda A. Hill

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6

Gaining Self-Knowledge

Although the new managers did not at first appreciate the full ramifications of their decision to become a manager, they knew the choice was significant. All admitted that the decision to accept promotion created some anxiety and ambivalence. They pondered two questions: “Will I like management?” and “Will I be good at management?” The answers would come only with experience.1 As the year progressed and they could see a new professional self-concept forming, they found themselves asking an even more unsettling question: “Who am I becoming?” They were learning about themselves, one said, not only as “a manager, but also as a person.” Therefore, we end by discussing the development of the managerial character.

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