With the NFL playoffs now underway, the annual firing and hiring of coaches has begun. The Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings were the first teams to make a decision by promoting first-time head coaches to lead their teams.

Picking a rookie can be a risk, but for teams wanting to progress forward, their fresh perspective and ideas are often worth it. Remember Mike Tomlin, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ young leader, won a Super Bowl in his second year as a head coach. But for all of Tomlin’s success, it’s likely he made some rookie mistakes along the way.

With the start of the new year, there are a lot federal leaders who’ve recently been promoted to be first-time supervisors or managers. Like the new NFL rookie coaches, each of these new managers will likely make their own rookie missteps over time. That’s how they’ll learn and grow to become great leaders.

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