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Introduction to line management

This line manager briefing can be adapted for use in your organisation, subject to the XpertHR terms and conditions of use.


Line management is often seen as an obvious career step, likely to result in a salary increase and more responsibility. However, you should think carefully before you embark on this path. Being technically very good at your job does not necessarily mean you are suited to being a line manager.

As a line manager you will need to coach, help, support and give direction to ensure others perform to meet the needs and objectives of the organisation, rather than relying on your own technical expertise.

Management can be exciting and rewarding and provide you with a career path with regular opportunities for personal development and growth. However, it is also challenging and requires good interpersonal skills, perseverance and a learning mindset.

This briefing sets out what is required to step into line management and what makes a good manager, and provides practical guidance for employees transitioning into a managerial role.