There comes a time in your career where you think you’re ready to step up and become a manager. But are you really ready? On the flipside, perhaps you don’t think of yourself as being quite ready to take on the added responsibility, when actually it is the right time to move into the new role.
To help you know whether you’re ready or not, here are some questions to ask yourself.
Are you an organiser?
What managers essentially do is manage people, clients, company resources and relationships. This may sound obvious, but think about what this reams. Management is about administering, running and regulating – or organising. This means that they need to be able to organise resources, including employees under their supervisions.
Organising requires you to plan, think ahead, take responsibility and get things done. It also means knowing how to delegate, without micromanaging, but while still staying on top of things. So ask yourself if you are already an organiser, because what managers essentially do is organise efficiently.
Do you have good interpersonal skills?
A managerial position doesn’t simply require a level of technical proficiency. As a manager, you would be working with people every day – this requires interpersonal skills. For instance, you will likely find yourself in sensitive situations and you will need to know how to deal with them appropriately. And communication is an integral skill you must master. It’s important you have the interpersonal skills to confidently and capably work with others.
Have you learnt how to lead?
As a manager you would be in a position of authority – this requires leadership skills. Leadership isn’t about bossing people around though. Think of leaders you found inspiring, and think about what it was that made them good leaders. Good leaders lead by example and inspire those they lead. They lead by building people up, not breaking them down.
Take a critical look at how you yourself lead others. Are you able to lead by example and inspiring trust in others to follow you? Consider taking supervisory training courses or leadership courses if you don’t think your leadership skills are up to par yet.
If you don’t think you’re ready for management yet, don’t worry. Some people are born to be managers. Others develop and grow to become management material. If you answered yes to these three questions, then great. It’s time. If you still don’t feel ready, maybe what you really need is confidence. So don’t sell yourself short. It’s time to take that step and never look back.