I don’t know who came up with this extremely popular notion of promoting employees into leadership positions based on tenure, but to whoever’s responsible..stupid idea, bro.
The truth of the matter is this…
NOT EVERYONE’S LEADERSHIP MATERIAL…
And that’s okay!
Just because you’re a genius in your field…
Just because you’ve been at your job for twenty-some odd years…
It doesn’t mean you have to have direct reports.
It takes really particular skills to be a manager.
Heck- it takes a whole lot of patience too.
And for that reason, throughout my career I’ve been absolutely dumfounded when I’ve seen some not-so-leadership-material employees placed in managerial positions.
Let me say it again.
IT’S NOT FOR EVERYONE!
And like I said…that’s okay.
You can still be a genius.
You can still be kick-ass at your job.
But if you’re not leadership material, please, for God’s sake…don’t make other people suffer.
Now some of you may be wondering whether or not you’re leadership material.
(But really…those of you who aren’t…you probably already know that.)
Just in case though…to clarify this for everyone…here are 4 Signs that You’re Not Leadership Material.
1. You Have Zero Social Skills/You Hate People
People say hi to you and you stare at them, but you don’t say hi back. You don’t hold doors open for people 5 centimeters behind you. You know…basic courtesy kind of stuff.
If you’re the kind of person who avoids social situations at all costs and really doesn’t want to be troubled with interpersonal relationships, then that’s fine…but you have no business managing others. This is pretty self-explanitory.
2. You Don’t Like It When People Ask You Questions
Questions annoy you. When people ask you dumb questions that you think they ought to know the answers to, you think they’re stupid…you think that they are mentally challenged. Every time that someone asks you a question, you feel that they’re taking time away from you doing your own work. Open door policy? Forget that! Locked door policy is what you’d implement…peace and quiet is what you need.
Good managers want their employees to feel comfortable coming to them whenever they have questions. And the reality is, good employees do ask a lot of questions. Managers need to accept that part of their job is helping out their direct reports, and they shouldn’t make them feel bad about seeking that support.
3. You Couldn’t Care Less if Your Team is Motivated/Inspired
You’re sure as hell no cheerleader. You don’t think it’s your job to motivate those around you. You’re here to get a job done and everyone should be on the same page as you.
FALSE. Managers need to be cheerleaders. If it’s not written in the job description, someone’s lying to you. If you want your team to work well and to perform to the best of its ability, you’ll need to take out those metaphorical pom-poms at times and inspire your people. Because let’s face it, there are times at any job when morale is low. And when morale is low, not a whole lot of work gets done. Teams that get out of that slump are the teams who have great leaders, and believe me, they’re super grateful for that. Look into it…they call it transformational leadership.
4. You Want to Punch Positive People in the Face
You hate it when people smile. You hate it when you come to work Monday morning and people are actually happy. What the heck is wrong with them? They ought to be a bit less peppy.
If you’re a negative Nancy, you have no business managing others. You need to be a positive influence, and people need to actually enjoy being around you. Do you have to do backflips everyday and sing songs? No. But you should strive to be a positive role model for others and part of that means helping others see the bright side of things regardless of how bad any work situation is.
***Now it’s your turn…what else makes someone not leadership material?
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