Here are ten things you need to know before stepping into a management job.

The extra responsibility that comes with a management role is generally not worth the extra money. There must be something else appealing about the leadership job, apart from the pay increase.
Every management job requires you to make hard decisions. Some of them will keep you up at night.
Good managers listen more than they talk. They are empathetic. That can be challenging for people who are most comfortable in the world of facts and one-way communication.
The hardest part of your leadership job will often be to keep your own emotions in check. When you get angry, you’ll need to take a deep breath rather than reacting in anger and destroying the trust you have established.
Good managers lead through trust, not fear. They don’t threaten or berate their employees, no matter what. They lead by example. They go out of their way to thank and acknowledge people, even when they are stressed.
You will have to stand up to your own manager on behalf of your employees, maybe once in a while and maybe all the time. The first time will be terrifying, but it will get easier to speak your truth every time you do it.
You will have to deliver bad news. You will have to tell people things they don’t want to hear.
No matter how hard you work to avoid it, at some point you will make everyone who reports to you and everyone you report to unhappy with you. As a manager, you will have to accept that reality.
Taking a management job is like starting a new, intensive workout program. You will grow new muscles — but the exercises will not be painless!
Leadership is a personal journey — and of course, we are all traveling the same journey whether we manage people or not.
Managers find themselves between a rock and a hard place often, as they work to bridge the gap between their employees’ needs and their managers’ expectations.
It is critical for managers to notice the signs of fear in their bodies, listen to their trusty guts and most of all, find the strength to tell the truth when they could avoid unpleasantness by telling a lie or staying silent.
By Liz Ryan !!

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