eLABorate Topics

Hosted ByLona Small, Stephanie Whitehead, & Tywauna Wilson

Leadership and Technical Strategies for Medical Laboratory Professionals to excel inside and outside of the lab.

Episode 38: “The Untold Truth About Transitioning From Peer To Manager”

“The stress of a new manager is like a first date. You don’t know what to expect and you’re just hoping everything goes well”

Congratulations, You’ve been promoted!!

There is a ton of excitement that comes with this accomplishment in your career but there are also emotional challenges of the transition that you were unaware of. In the interview, none of the common sources of stress for new managers was even discussed. You are now feeling a wide range of emotions, including performance anxiety, confusion, regret, and even loss.

It’s tough to be a new manager but once you identify common sources of stress that could come up and potential strategies to minimize them, you will be on your way to getting acclimated to your new role and able to perform with ease.

Common Sources of Stress for New Managers:

  1.  Role Strain- Facing conflict and overload in your position
    • Too much work, too little time
  2. Problem Solving Fatigue
    • Feeling like you have to solve every problem that arises for everyone
  3. Imposter Syndrome
    • Inadequate feelings or struggling to hide it from others
  4. Isolation
    • Missing your old work life and relationships while setting boundaries and acclimating to your new reality

Listen to the entire episode to hear the strategies for how to deal with each of these common sources of stress.


“The greatest challenge of a new manager is not the new job, but the old job.” – Coach Tee Wilson

Reflection Questions

  • Which of these areas causes you the most amount of stress as a new manager?
  • What was the best advice that you received as a new manager to overcome stress?

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