How did you get into your first management role? Were you hired as a manager, or were you promoted into that role?
I have no experience managing direct reports, and I wonder if this isn't a fatal flaw if I were to look for a role as a manager somewhere.
I am a one-man team in my current job, and if anyone is ever hired to help with my job, they would probably report to my boss rather than to me. I work with cross-functional teams and outside contractors, but I can't fill the magic "has had the ability to fire someone" checkbox.
I wonder if I'm caught in the "can't get the job without experience, can't get experience without the job" situation, and I'm hoping to find examples of people whose first-time management experience was as a new hire. Does it really happen?