Is management right for me?
Most people start their career in a technical or specialist role, with no responsibility for the work of others. As their career progresses they may have the option of considering developing their career in a management role.
If you're at this stage, it’s worth thinking about what's motivating your interest in seeking a management role. Is it because you like working with and managing people? Are you attracted to a role that has people-management responsibility (most management roles will require this). If the answer to these questions is 'yes', management could be right for you.
Also ask yourself:
- Are you a good communicator?
You’ll need to be able to explain why something needs to be done, how it can be accomplished and the impact it will have without micro-managing.
- Would you be willing to be accountable for your team?
If an issue arises from the action or inaction of one of your team, the responsibility may fall on you, especially if you were unwilling to confront a performance issue, weren’t paying attention or did not provide adequate training.
- Can you set a good example and motivate others?
Your behaviour will have an impact on your team; the ability to motivate your team to complete their tasks with enthusiasm is a core management skill.
If you don’t think you’d enjoy managing, or be able to manage, but are still seeking career progression and more responsibility, there may be a technical promotion route via your skills or organisation that may suit you better. It’s worth considering this option if it’s a better fit for your skills.