So often supervisors aren't chosen because they possess good people and management skills but because they possess strong technical skills within their chosen field.
Just because somebody has shown an aptitude for a technical skill doesn't mean that he or she will be good at managing the people in that functional area.
It also doesn't mean that they can't learn it just like they learned their technical skill. The problem is that most companies do not prepare these people for this new, and very different role.
So, what do you do when you find yourself promoted beyond your skill set?
One thing you can do is seek out others who have gone through the same transition and done it successfully to find out how they did it.
This blog is an excellent place to start. I h…