I have just been assigned to a new role in my company. It is not entirely different than my previous role, just that I have to manage people now and take more responsibility in projects.
Basically, I am the one now who gives the steps/directions to my juniors on how to deal with the project.
The problem is in my previous role, I didn't have to depend on anyone else than much, other than my manager/supervisor for steps of what is required (I would occasionally ask one or a few times to a coworker if I get stuck). I kind of did the technical programming things on my own.
In my first project as supervisor, I feel like I totally screwed up my job. I freaked out, ended up doing most of the things myself at first, because I felt like I could do it faster and on time, whereas if I let go of the technical part of the job and handed it to my junior, I felt like he would struggle and the deadline will be missed (FYI, he just graduated, and with very little experience, and the project was a deal-maker kind of thing). The end result was that my previous supervisor had to step in and take charge; me and my junior ended up doing the work together. The project was still missed, but not as far behind as I thought it would be. I don't know how he does it so effortlessly, he doesn't seem to be bothered at all, it was like he knew what was going to happen. He is in his early thirties, whilst I am in my mid twenties.
How can I with no talent to lead, learn to lead/manage people, without making (or at the very least minimizing) mistakes? Because to me, the best teacher is experience, but I don't think I can risk to test-pilot myself on my new career just to learn it, without delivering good results. I have read some neat biographies about inspiring leaders, but it doesn't say much about how they got to be where they were/are.