People decide to push themselves for a promotion and go into management for many diverse reasons. When you have such an interest, the allure of it is comparable to those evening moths that cleave to the outside of a glass door standing between you and a bright indoor light. Your vigilant eyes peer longingly as you attempt to anticipate just the right moment to zip through. Then once you arrive, you get seared by the blaze that erupts into unmet expectations and unexpected frustrations that you’re sure you were never told to expect back in business school.
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1. Planning Your Career Path as a Manager
The decision to work toward a career in management is generally something that must be planned. While who you know it can be helpful, the book knowledge or information you gain in a lecture hall and controlled, classroom environment rarely fits real-life scenarios. Becoming a manager is kind of comparable to learning to drive a car: experience is usually a more effective teacher.
2. Reining in Your Expectations
The level of authority and actual influence that you have is usually not as broad as you think it is. If you want to become a manager so that you can take control of your own life, have a platform to give your ideas a chance, and you like taking calculated risks, you’re better off looking for a way to use your skills to become self-employed. It takes time to earn people’s trust and respect beyond just having the position. You will need to build relationships with both the people under and over you in order to eventually gain some influence.
3. Learning to Adapt to Managerial Responsibilities
It can take a year or even longer to get your head wrapped around all that comes with being a manager. There are new skills that will need to be discovered, a new identity that needs to be developed, insights that must be honed into how to even use your new authority, and you’ll even need to get more in touch with what makes you tick and where your own buttons are that set you off. While it’s exciting to finally get that promotion, it’s also stressful. And the stress can be so intense that it can bring about sleepless nights, headaches, stomach aches, back pain, and increased arguments. Your transition can be smoother by making sure you build a support system of a few trustworthy peers and former bosses who are willing to share their input with you and act as a needed sounding board. In some cases, some companies even offer a training program that is designed to assist new managers with adjusting to their new position and process everything that they’re facing.
There is far more to becoming a good manager than just being effective in dealing with day-to-day company activities and the people involved in all of that. Someone who is a good manager is also going to be willing to embrace the responsibilities that come with remaining in touch with trends and changing needs of subordinates, and anticipating how a company must adjust to an ever-changing culture, customer tastes and demands. Many new managers are unable to withstand the rigors of management beyond a year. This means that there’s a shortage of people who have a natural gifting and willingness to make their way past all of the challenges and shine above the rest into the future.