5 Crucial Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Take On A Management Role


Do you see yourself rising up the corporate ladder, earning a new position and title that deems respect? You’ll get to manage a team, get offered a raise, and maybe even get a new office all to yourself! But do you know what it actually takes to maintain a management role? Not only maintain the role, but also being a quality leader? To make sure you’re completely prepared, ask yourself these 5 questions:

 1. Can you be flexible?

If you’re the type of person who can’t do anything if it’s not on your to-do list, don’t become a manager. When managing a team of multiple humans, things aren’t always going to go as planned. While it’s productive to have a to-do list, be aware your day will not always go as planned. Being able to go with the flow and accept change will make your boss role so much easier.

2. Are you willing to take the heat?

Everything falls on you when all goes wrong. If an employee makes a mistake, or if a group project fails, it’s on you. Are you willing to be accountable for your performance—including the bad? Whether it’s because you didn’t provide sufficient training or set goal expectations in a clear manner, you have to be very aware of your management style and look for ways to constantly improve.

3. Can you set a good example?

You’re about to take on more pressure than you thought you would encounter. All eyes are on you. Your employees will notice when you arrive early, late, leave early, gossip, etc., and they will think it’s OK for them to do it too. You set the standard, make it a good one.

4. Are you able to be an effective motivator and coach?

Key word: effective. It’s your job to make sure your employees are fulfilled in their jobs, motivated to achieve their goals, and enthusiastic about their work. If resources are tight, you may have to think creatively. So with bonuses and raises aside—how can you motivate your team and coach them appropriately in a fun way?

 5. Can you make tough calls?

All the decision-making is going to be your responsibility. Your team members will come to you for advice and help on making decisions and handling certain situations. To make tough calls like responding to a problem client, or whether or not to let go of an employee, takes strategic, thorough thinking to decide what is best for the company.

No matter what, having leadership role will come with bumps in the road and a lot of learning. As long as you go in with a positive attitude and an idea of what to expect, then you’ll be on the right track!


Denis Coleman

Denis Coleman is the founder and CEO of Work Compass, a cloud staff performance collaboration software platform that helps teams align their efforts with strategic goals and continuously improve performance. Frustrated with the disconnect between strategy setting and day to day execution and the lack of tools available to managers to help them be great at their most important function …. Aligning their teams activities with strategic goals and actively managing for high performance Denis spent over 5 years researching strategy execution and performance management practices before founding Work Compass to create a software solution. Denis has held senior roles in Ireland, Czech Republic and North America with high performing electronics manufacturing and professional services organisations for more than 12 years. Denis has worked as Finance Director responsible for €800 million in annual revenues for Flextronics International, Key Account Manager responsible for annual revenues of more than €600 million for Dovatron International and Management Consultant for BDO one of Europe’s most successful professional services providers.

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