Thinking about management
You must be a very lucky person if you have never witnessed your manager make a mess of a situation or make an obviously wrong decision.
You might have thought to yourself with some confidence that you could do better. That you would be a better manager than them.
It’s good to be ambitious but also wise to investigate what the role really involves.
It is true that you can learn the skills of management.
But applying those skills in a workplace with real employees who are looking at you, their manager, and thinking that they could do better. Sound familiar?
Many businesses have a habit of promoting their best worker to be the manager or leader of the team.
It is an age old strategy that has been proven time and again to be full of problems.
The big risk is that the company loses a great employee and gains a poor manager.
Know the role
If you are considering a move into management you need to make sure that you understand exactly what is involved before applying, it is not a role that is right for everyone.
Yes managers get paid more, well sometimes, and there are of course often a lot of perks associated with the role, but there are also responsibilities and pressures that may outweigh the benefits of promotion.
Be honest about your aspirations
Before deciding to apply for a management position talk to your manager about your aspirations.
What is it that is driving your thinking?
If it is just the desire or need to earn more money, then maybe learning new skills that enable you to take on a more skilled role might be a more appropriate first move.
If you are frustrated by the current leadership of your organisation and believe that you could bring something fresh to table then get yourself trained.
You don’t need to spend a lot of money, the simplest way is to read books.
The cheapest way is to volunteer to lead a charitable group or sports team.
Anyone who can manage a junior soccer team can manage anything!