Studies show that poor managers can cause good employees to leave and can also reduce productivity in the workplace. For those reasons alone, having a good manager in your office is essential, but is that person you?
Throughout your career there is likely to be a moment when you are offered a promotion into a management role. Most people in this situation become intoxicated by the idea of power and an increase in salary but many don’t stop to think “Can I really do this job?” or even consider the possibility of turning a promotion down.
Turning down a promotion opportunity may be the best career move you ever make!
New leaders rarely stop to think about the time commitment and learning curve associated with taking on additional responsibilities. An article by the New York Times suggests that “when offered a management position, talk to you future boss, to the person you’d be replacing, to team members, and anyone else who can tell you what the job truly entails.”
The article also suggests that you should ask yourself a few questions when reflecting on your motives for taking a promotion:
- Do I enjoy working with people, helping them grow, and making them become successful?
- Do I mind making decisions without knowing the entire picture?
- Do I communicate well? With good news and bad?
- Do I have the time required to make me successful in this position?
If you can answer “Yes” to those questions, then you may be able to take on the change in your position.
- You don’t always have to say “Yes”. Sometimes saying “No” is the best response.
- If you don’t feel confident this would be a good fit, remember that if you are being considered for a promotion now, there should be other options in the future.
- Should you decide to take the roll, always remember that being a good manager is a learned skill, and you should continuously grow and learn.