Whether you’ve recently taken on new responsibilities at work, received a promotion, or just landed your first management position – congratulations! You’re moving up in the world and we couldn’t be more thrilled for you!
But before you decide to immediately say “yes” to that new position and (hopefully) a bigger paycheck, we want you to think carefully about one thing:
Are you really cut out to be a good manager?
We’ve put together a list of questions you should ask yourself before jumping into a role where you’ll be seen as a leader, a role model, and where you'll be taking on new responsibilities. Too many people are given management roles without really assessing if this is the right fit for them. Is it the right fit for you?
Are you a planner?
Those who are skilled at planning are typically also skilled at organizing, critical thinking, and leading. Even if this isn’t your strongest quality, as long as you understand that you’ll be expected to strengthen these areas over time, you should do well in your new management role.
Are you good at handling (and delegating) tasks?
While you may not be overseeing all the day-to-day grunt work anymore, you still need to have a solid understanding of what is not only expected of you but also your team. This means being able to delegate what needs to go out to your team, providing support when needed, and not micromanaging to make sure things get done.
Are you a good listener?
Great leaders don’t bark orders, they listen carefully to their teams. Listen first to what is really happening on the inside of your team, and assess your ideas and responsibilities to create a more positive working environment.
Are you able to keep your cool?
Temperament is extremely important when it comes to excelling in a management position. Even if you’re more reserved, or maybe even more outgoing – it doesn’t matter. As long as you can maintain consistency in your composure. Since you’ll be dealing with more conflict or tense situations, being able to stay calm and collected during these moments is imperative.
Are you trustworthy?
If you often find yourself talking with co-workers about troubles in their lives, work environment, or just the stress of the day, you’ve probably noticed that people trust you and your judgment. It’s important that you don’t just say things to your team just to appease them, but prove that you’ve got their best interests in mind, the company's interests in mind, and you are a reliable partner in their work life.
Are you willing to say no?
As hard as it may be – and this goes along with trust – you can’t just be a "yes" person. Good managers aren’t afraid to say no when it’s necessary. While the right decision may not make everyone happy, you have to stick to what you feel will be the best outcome for the team and the organization. This also means being able to say no to your superiors as well. Keep your team members always on your mind!
Think you’ve got what it takes to take on that new management role? We want to hear about your progress! Let us know in the comments what you feel is your strongest management quality.