Moving Into Management—Do You Have What It Takes?

August 18, 2011

You desire to move into a management position, but have you thought about what it really means to make the transition from being an employee to being a supervisor? A lot of things will change when you become a manager, and it’s a good idea to stop and think about whether you just want to move ahead for money and/or status, or if you’re really interested in managing other people. Here are some things you’ll likely have to adapt to from your friends at Dale Carnegie Training:

Change in Focus
When you become a manager, your role will change from focusing on the work you’re used to doing to being responsible for directing other people who are now performing the work that used to be yours. Some new mangers have a hard time making that transition and end up giving in to the temptation of doing the work for their employees, which damages their credibility and relationships with their reports.

Listening More Than Doing
Good managers spend more time listening than they do on any other activities. Sometimes it feels like people are interrupting you by coming to talk with you all the time. However, as the boss, maintaining open and effective communication with your employees isn’t an interruption—it’s your job.

People Treat You Differently
While your former peers are likely to pull away from you in social situations, it is actually an important and natural part of your transition to a supervisory role. Managers do need to maintain good working relationships with their employees. However, it is important for managers to maintain an appropriate professional distance from those they supervise so their ability to make objective decisions isn’t compromised.

Is Management Right for You?
For the right person, moving to management can be the most rewarding career imaginable. Only you can decide is such a move is right for you. The best way to make the decision regarding whether or not a management position is right for you is to learn as much as you can about what management is all about before you make your decision.

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