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People Don't Leave Bad Companies, They Leave Bad Managers

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When people leave their jobs, it might to seem be because of the company -- but really, it's a manager that can make or break an employee’s overall work experience.

Often, managers come into their new roles with little experience, playing something of a guessing game to figure out how to best lead their teams. It’s a difficult job to juggle, and an easy one to scrutinize. HuffPost Live host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani sat down with Anne Libby, the founder of Anne Libby Management Consulting, and Caitlin Krumdieck, the global head of client development for Distilled, to discuss the challenges new managers face, and how they can make work easier and more productive for everyone.

“Nobody’s good out of the box,” said Libby. “I always say there’s no such thing as a management prodigy. I think that you can have some aptitude for it, but it really takes coaching and training and being brought along, being managed.”

Krumdieck explained how challenging it can be to go from being a member of a team to being the person managing that same team.

"It’s hard when you first get started because you want everybody to trust you and like you and come to you with their problems, but at the same time, you also have to be able to be critical and give feedback and not worry about being people’s best friend when you’re trying to be a good manager," she said. "One of the biggest challenges is to try and earn respect as a manager and getting people to see... that you have the authority to make decisions and make things happen."

To hear more about the challenges of management and how they affect the team as a whole, watch the full HuffPost Live clip in the video above.