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PRDV203: Introduction to Management

Unit 1: Your Personal Journey to a Supervisory Position   If you are new to management or hoping to achieve a management position, you may want to acquire a practical understanding of what management consists of. You also might want to know the management skills you possess and what skills you may need to acquire. You also may be wondering just how you are going to achieve the transition from being one of the coworkers (and possibly friends) to being the boss. Going from buddy to boss, while a positive change for you, can cause awkwardness, tension, and isolation with your former colleagues, and possible political risk within the company.
Unit 1 covers these topics. Next, it will give you a brief look into management theory and concepts that should have practical application in your work. Then, the unit will explain how to make the smoothest possible transition from coworker to boss, avoiding typical pitfalls. Lastly, you will complete a self-survey to discover your learning style and a self-assessment on one aspect of your leadership skills.

Unit 1 Time Advisory
Completing this unit should take you approximately 4.75 hours.

☐    Subunit 1.1: 0.25 hours

☐    Subunit 1.2: 0.25 hours

☐    Subunit 1.3: 0.25 hours

☐    Subunit 1.4: 4 hours

Unit1 Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this unit, you will be able to: - identify your role and function in the team before moving into management; - explain the psychological and functional impacts of your transition; - identify personality traits, attitudes, behaviors, and learning styles that would impact your leadership abilities; - identify the current state of your leadership skills; and - identify the steps necessary to change your coworkers’ perception of you as a fellow coworker and to prepare them for your new role as their supervisor.

1.1 Your Place in the Team Before You Became Manager   - Reading: Wikimedia Commons: Dirk Hünniger’s Managing Groups and Teams: “Chapter 13, Section 4: What Relationship Aspects Can Be Defined in Advance to Assure Success?” Link: Wikimedia Commons Dirk Hünniger’s Managing Groups and Teams (PDF): “Chapter 13, Section 4: What Relationship Aspects Can Be Defined in Advance to Assure Success?”
 
Instructions: Read Section 4, “What Relationship Aspects Can Be Defined in Advance to Assure Success,” on pages 115 and 116. If you are not yet a manager but are hoping for promotion, this article will helpful you understand the attitudes and behaviors that will serve you in the event of such as transition. After all, a promotion will put you above your current peers. Establishing good working relationships with them now will contribute to any future promotion over this group.
 
Reading this section should take approximately 15 minutes.
 
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1.2 The Psychological and Functional Impacts of Transition   - Reading: Wikimedia Commons: Dirk Hünniger’s Managing Groups and Teams: “Chapter 12: Managing Leadership Transitions” Link: Wikimedia Commons: Dirk Hünniger’s Managing Groups and Teams (PDF): “Chapter 12: Managing Leadership Transitions”
 
Instructions: Read Sections 12.1-12.2 on pages 101-103 for insight into the challenges that come with promotion.
 
Reading these sections should take approximately 15 minutes.
 
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1.3 From Buddy to Boss   - Reading: Wikimedia Commons: Dirk Hünniger’s Managing Groups and Teams: “Chapter 11, Section 5: Effectively Leading Your Former Peers” Link: Wikimedia Commons: Dirk Hünniger’s Managing Groups and Teams (PDF): “Chapter 11, Section 5: Effectively Leading Your Former Peers”
 
Instructions: Read Section 5, “Effectively Leading Your Former Peers,” on pages 96 and 97 for a discussion of the leadership transition that occurs for both the newly promoted supervisor and the organization.
 
Reading this section should take approximately 15 minutes.
 
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1.4 Self-Assessments   1.4.1 Your Personality, Attitudes, and Work Behaviors   - Reading: Principles of Management: “Chapter 2: Personality, Attitudes, and Work Behaviors” Link: Principles of Management (PDF): “Chapter 2: Personality, Attitudes, and Work Behaviors”
 
Instructions: Read Chapter 2, “Personality, Attitudes, and Work Behaviors,” on pages 45-97 to assess your personality, attitude, and work behaviors. Skip pages of footnotes and citations. This reading should give you insight as to your own personality, attitudes, and work behaviors in preparation for your new position. It should also help you formulate a new perception of your staff that will aid your leadership skills.
 
Reading this chapter should take approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.
 
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1.4.2 Learning Styles   - Reading: Principles of Management: “Chapter 1, Section 6: Your Principles of Management Survivor’s Guide” Link: Principles of Management (PDF): “Chapter 1, Section 6: Your Principles of Management Survivor’s Guide”
 
Instructions: Read Section 6, “Your Principles of Management Survivor’s Guide,” on pages 32-43 to gain an understanding of various learning styles and to identify your particular style.
 
Reading this section should take approximately 30 minutes.
 
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  • Activity: Barbara A. Soloman and Richard M. Felder’s “Index of Learning Styles Questionnaire” Link: Barbara A. Soloman and Richard M. Felder’s “Index of Learning Styles Questionnaire” (HTML)
     
    Instructions: Take this learning style assessment to determine your personal learning style. You may also find this link on page 33 of Principles of Management.
     
    Completing this questionnaire should take approximately 30 minutes.
     
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  • Activity: Principles of Management: “Chapter 1, Section 6: Your Principles of Management Survivor’s Guide -Key Takeaway” and “Exercises” Link: Principles of Management (PDF): “Chapter 1, Section 6: Your Principles of Management Survivor’s Guide -Key Takeaway and Exercises”
     
    Instructions: Read the “Key Takeaway” section and answer the questions under the “Exercises” section on page 43.
     
    Reading this section and answering the questions should take approximately 45 minutes.
     
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1.4.3 Leader-Member Exchange Self-Test   - Reading: Principles of Management: “Chapter 10, Section 4: Leader-Member Exchange Theory” Link: Principles of Management (PDF): “Chapter 10, Section 4: Leader-Member Exchange Theory”
 
Instructions: Read the “Leader-Member Exchange Theory” subsection on pages 410-414 in Chapter 10, Section 4. This theory is one of several used to describe leadership traits. Complete the assessment at the end of the topic discussion.
 
Reading this section and completing the assessment should take approximately 45 minutes.
 
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  • Assessment: The Saylor Foundation’s “Unit 1 Assessment” Link: The Saylor Foundation’s “Unit 1 Assessment” (HTML)

    Instructions: Complete this assessment to assess your understanding of the topics covered in this unit. The correct answers will be displayed when you click the “Submit” button.