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What do you see as the most difficult task in being a manager?

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"As a manager, the most difficult task for me is to delegate the work evenly. You will always have team members who are absolute rock-stars, then some who are a bit less enthusiastic or are lower producers. I have to remind myself to distribute the work and responsibilities evenly despite my natural inclination to give more work to the high performers. I am currently working with my underperforming team members to prepare them for a larger workload."
Example #2
"I believe the biggest challenge for me as a manager is to lead everyone effectively when many of my team members work remote. I like to make a connection with everyone, so I do send friendly check-in emails, for instance, to ensure that despite not being in a corporate office, they are an important part of the team."
Example #3
"Working with people and running a business are two of my favorite things. It can be easy to get caught up in these important aspects and forget to carve out time regularly to develop myself professionally. I have set reminders and goals to stay focused on self-development."
Example #4
"Managing creative types can be challenging at times! I have team members with ideas for days, others who intently focus on only one task at a time, and other with what I call 'Look - a squirrel!' syndrome, where they lose focus at the sight of anything. To manage this, I ensure we have a robust project management application updated in real time. If anything is lagging in the projects, I am aware of it right away and can then refocus the team."
Example #5
"I would say the most difficult part of managing people is earning their respect while being new to the team. To balance this, I make sure to be approachable and genuinely interested in them as humans, but also make sure they know that it's a place of business and that meeting or exceeding expectations is the name of the game, above all else."
Example #6
"I think the most difficult task is to come into a preexisting, cohesive team. It's important as a manager to be respected so that you can get them to rise to the occasion under your leadership. It's hard yet a professional challenge that I welcome."
Example #7
"When it comes to managing a classroom I believe that the biggest challenge is navigating all of the unique personalities. I want to encourage the exploration of thoughts and ideas while still maintaining control of the classroom."
Example #8
"As a manager, the most difficult task for me is to delegate the work evenly. You will always have team members who are absolute rockstars, then some who are a bit less enthusiastic or are lower producers. I have to remind myself to distribute the work and responsibilities evenly despite my natural inclination to give more work to the high performers. I am currently working with my under performing team members to prepare them for a larger workload."
Example #9
"As a manager, the most difficult task for me is to delegate the work evenly. You will always have team members who are absolute rock-stars, then some who are a bit less enthusiastic or are lower producers. I have to remind myself to distribute the work and responsibilities evenly despite my natural inclination to give more work to the high performers. I am currently working with my underperforming team members to prepare them for a larger workload."
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