Management Is Not For Everyone

Leadership Skills

Is It Right For You?

Congratulations! You’ve been promoted to Manager of Something! What that something is doesn’t matter. What matters is that your life could radically transform and you should be prepared. Very likely a number of changes will occur.

Your Peer Relationships Will Change

The people you used to gossip with on breaks are suddenly off-limits to you. You’re in a position to know intimate details of your subordinate’s lives, as well as knowing more intimate information about the company itself – and you cannot share that with anyone. This is hard for a lot of new managers. You can’t complain about management with them anymore… you are management.

The Number of Hours You Work Could Change

Man buried in a stack of filesIt is likely you’ll need to come in early, stay late, work weekends – or all three. You may have thought that working hard was simply a means to getting promoted.

Sadly, you’ll be counted on even more to accomplish things that, previously, were not your responsibility. Maybe your subordinates are not moving fast enough and deadlines are looming. Part of accepting the position of manager is understanding that when everything crashes, you’ll help clean up.

Your Salary Will Likely Change

Expensive watch wrapped around moneyIf things are going well, you’ll get some sort of salary increase for your new responsibilities. A good leader doesn’t run out and buy new clothes, buy a new car, and buy lunch for everyone to show how well they’re doing.

Be cool. Don’t throw your money around to make your new team feel bad. That’s the quickest way to build resentment. Remember: you NEED these people to make you look good! A strong team implies strong leadership. An unproductive team implies exactly the opposite.

Your Relationship With Your Spouse (or Significant Other) Could Change

This is pretty personal, but anybody that is important to you should be aware of the opportunity that is presented by a promotion, as well as the problems. You may not be able to see the kids off to school anymore. Or you’ll miss some dinners with your spouse. Maybe you’ll get calls on the weekends, or in the middle of the night.

Fighting with someone at home will make your home-life miserable – which will make your work-life miserable. This is a lose-lose situation. If your house-mates (for lack of a better term) are not happy with your job, something is bound to break: either the relationship or the job.

Your Responsibilities Will Change

Fighting coupleWhereas before you were responsible for a small portion of each day’s work, you now must show results on a much larger portion. You may be in charge of things you know nothing about. If you can’t learn in a hurry how to produce results that prove you’re a worthwhile investment, you’ll be stressed out every day and not know how to improve your situation.

All in all, it would be wise to take all of these points into consideration before accepting a promotion. If you’re already in a managerial position, try to address the above issues as quickly as possible. You’ll appreciate it on several levels down the road. 

Management: Not For Everyone