A few years into your career, you may already be wondering if you are on track to becoming a manger. However, it is important to remember that not everyone is management material and that non-managerial positions are no less fulfilling. Dawn Rosenberg McKay from Thebalance.com has written a few guiding questions to help you decide if management is right for you:

1. Are you able and willing to work longer hours without additional compensation for overtime? Although a promotion to a managerial position probably comes with an increase in salary, it also is accompanied by a bigger time commitment. Extra responsibilities often mean arriving at work earlier and staying later.

2. Are you good at delegating work to other people? As a manager, you will have to share the burdens with your subordinates. That may mean letting go of things you enjoy doing and perhaps instructing others in how to do those tasks. You will also have to answer for other people’s mistakes. This brings us to the next two points.

3. Are you willing to take responsibility, not only for your failures and mistakes, but for your subordinates’ failures and mistakes as well? You will, of course, explain carefully to your employee how to do a task you delegate to him. That doesn’t mean he won’t fail at it or make a mistake. While everyone is responsible for his or her own actions, as a manager, ultimately the responsibility is yours.

4. Are you good at giving constructive criticism? Your job as a manager is to coach your employee so that she reflect and improve. Explain what was wrong. Then you have to take a leap of faith and assign another project to someone who failed but who you hope will succeed.

5. Will you defend your subordinates when you know they are right, even if it means standing up to your own boss? Your boss may have complaints about a member of your department. If the complaints aren’t accurate, you may have to come to your subordinate’s defense. This might mean going up against your boss, so be as tactful as you can.

6. Will you be able to fire a worker who hasn’t done anything wrong but has to be let go for another reason, for example downsizing? This is the part of the job no manager enjoys but, especially in trying financial times, most can’t escape this duty. Having to fire someone is never easy, but the difficulty certainly increases when the termination isn’t due to the worker’s actions.


7. Can you keep your personal feelings about a subordinate from getting in the way of managing him or her? The truth is there are people we like and those who just get under our skin for reasons that would make no sense to anyone but ourselves. It’s usually not a problem, but when you have to supervise someone, it can’t make a difference whether you like him as a person or not. Your goal as a manager is to be fair to everyone regardless of how you feel about him or her.

8. Do you have the ability to say no? As a manager, you often have to turn down your employees’ requests. You may have to act in the company’s interest and reject a leave application during the busiest time of the year or you may have to reject a plea for a raise when the company can’t afford to give one.

This post was originally published here on Thebalance.com in January 2017. TheYoungProfessionalGroup.com takes no credit for the work of the author.

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