So you’re interested in being a manager but somewhere deep inside you’re not sure you’re ready and whether you’ll succeed. That’s hardly surprising.
Stepping up to become a manager signals a big step in your career. It means you need to develop new skills and work in a different way: more leading and less doing.
Before you ask to move into a leadership role or accept a promotion you’ve been offered, take a step back and evaluate whether this is the right time for you. Don’t forget, you’ll be taking on the added responsibility that comes with being in the management team.
Fortunately, there are a few tell-tale signs that will help you determine if you are management material. Read through the list below. If you can say ‘yes’ to most of these descriptions, rest assured you’ve got all the qualities and skills needed to be a success.
Sign 1: You’re ready to delegate
The biggest struggle for many new managers is changing from being a team member to a team leader. It’s hardly surprising though. That’s because you already know how to do the work and doing it is very comfortable for you.
Unfortunately, this comfort zone means it’s going to very tempting for you to continue to do the work rather than leading your team to achieve their goals.
Learning to delegate means learning how to assess and progress the work of your team without getting down and dirty by doing it yourself. It’s a whole different ball-game, but an essential one to learn if you’re going to be an effective manager.
Letting go of the reins and empowering your team is one of the key parts of your new role. To do that, you need to be ready to delegate.
Sign 2: You’re a good communicator
If you want to be a good manager, you need to be a good communicator too. Getting your point across and listening to your team is at the heart of effective management.
It’s not just about ensuring your team understands the KPIs, goals and objectives of their work. It’s also about listening, giving feedback and encouraging them on a one-to-one basis too.
You must also communicate with your own boss and other senior managers to ensure there’s a flow of information in both directions in the business.
Sign 3: You want to see others succeed
To be a great manager, it’s important you genuinely want to see your team succeed. In fact, you need to be willing to stand behind every one of your team members and share both their failures and their successes.
That’s the definition of true leadership. The best leaders see developing their team and enabling them to succeed as one of their biggest priorities. So to be a great manager, you need to focus on achieving this too.
Sign 4: You’re able to think strategically
Thinking strategically is a core skill of a manager. Challenges, tricky projects and unexpected events are going to test you. You must be able to come up with a solution. Strategic thinkers are good planners who are able to set the agenda so they can lead their team to success.
As a manager, you need to have – or develop – the ability to think beyond short-term goals or KPIs. Managers need to understand the organization’s wider business goals and while remaining agile enough to keep their team focused amid changing circumstances.
Sign 5: You want the responsibility
It’s worth “checking in” with yourself that you definitely wantto take on a leadership role. Being a leader isn’t easy and it’s going to be a big learning curve.
Before you say ‘yes’ to a management role, look at what’s motivating you and verify this is the direction you want to take in your career.
Management may seem to be the most logical next step, but it’s not right for everyone. It’s better be sure so you don’t end up in a role you hate.
As a manager, you’re going to spend a large chunk of your working week away from your desk. That means you’re not going to be able to put your head down for a few hours and immerse yourself in your own work anymore. If that sounds awful, management may not be the right choice for you.
Ready to become a manager?
Remember, becoming a manager isn’t your only route to career progression, there are other options to advance your career.
So think carefully about what you want because the kudos you get from your job title and the financial boost of a bigger salary are never going to compensate you for being miserable at work.
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