What does it mean to say that someone is management material? Its a fact that management is a great career option for many people, and is definitely not right for others. Many people choose to pursue management careers because they think that moving into a supervisory position is simply a natural progression in their career path. Unfortunately, many people ask for and get promotions into management-level positions without really considering how much their day to day professional lives are going to change once they become supervisors.
No matter what profession you are in, moving from a line level position into a supervisory capacity requires a complete change in mindset. When you become a manager, the focus of your job will change. Good employee concentrate on performing the tasks associated with their jobs to the best of their abilities. Managers have to focus on making this happen, rather than doing things themselves.
Directing the work of a team, department, or organization involves much more than knowledge about how to perform the tasks of the job. Managers have to know how to motivate people, monitor work flow, allocate resources, manage a budget, and much more. Effective managers actually spend the majority of their time communicating with other people. Managers have to have outstanding communication skills. Listening is a big part of any management level job.
Keep Professional Distance
Its also important to keep in mind that once you become a manager, you stop being a peer. When you are promoted to a managerial position, you have to maintain an appropriate professional distance between yourself and the people you supervise. If not, your judgment may be questioned when its time to discipline employees or make decisions about promotions among your staff.
The Next Step
If you feel that you understand what it means to become a manager, and you feel that a management career is the best choice for you, then speak to your supervisor and let him or her know of your interest in moving up. If your uncertain about whether or not management is a good option for you, you may want to speak with someone in your companys human resources department about taking some management training seminars. The more you learn about the profession, the better equipped you will be to make a good decision about your future.
Mary Gormandy White is co-founder of Mobile Technical Institute and MTI Business Solutions (www.mobiletechwebsite.com), where she teaches seminars, classes, and makes conference presentations on public relations, marketing and a number of additional management, customer service, and communication topics. Visit www.dailybizsolutions.com for small business marketing, PR, and operations advice. See www.dailycareerconnection.com
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