There’s something to be said about being your own boss. You’re the one making the decisions, and are the master of your professional domain. Instead of having to do jobs and tasks you don’t like, you could easily hire someone else to do them or make an employee take on the task. If you dislike an employee, you don’t have ignore your feelings to get through the work day; you could just fire them.
If you read that last paragraph and agreed with every point, you may want to re-think your decision to enter the world of management. Everybody wants to be their own boss or have the opportunity to manage others, but that doesn’t mean that they should. Before you decide that you are management or boss material, you should learn about what doesn’t make a good boss.
You hate meetings
This may sound like a silly thing to hate but, once you become a manager, many of your daily activities will be centered around meetings: you’ll have meetings to introduce yourself to new hires and train them; you’ll have meetings with prospective clients; and you’ll have regular staff meetings to get updates and brainstorm problems. Meetings may bore you to tears, but they’re an absolute necessity for any manager. If you can’t run a proper meeting, or would rather not deal with them, you aren’t ready to be a manager.
You want to be “hands off”
Before you make the counter-argument that you don’t want to micromanage your employees, consider the fact that there are two different kinds of hands-off bosses. The good kind lets his or her employees do their work, and only gets involved when they absolutely have to. They’re always around to give direction and feedback, and they still keep abreast of daily activities. The bad kind of hands-off boss pretty much believes that the office can run itself, and will happily spend their days pursuing personal interests while their employees try to manage the business without them. That kind of hands-off boss will have a lot of resentful employees, and a business that they no longer have true control over. Even big bosses like Charles Bouri still have to be in the office on some days, and still have to give employees a helping hand.
You hate conflict
Nobody wants to fight, and everybody wants things to run smoothly. Unfortunately, things come up in the work place and, as the boss, you will have to play the mediator at some point or other. The boss/manager roll isn’t for pushovers, or for people that shy away from standing up for themselves. You’re going to have to be a little tough and if you can’t handle the thought of dealing with an office squabble, the management path isn’t for you.