A Checklist: Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Manager?

January 4, 2012 | Author: PM Hut | Filed under: Management

A Checklist: Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Manager?
By Mike Krutza

Management is not for everybody. There are certain attributes, skills and character traits that make some people suited to become managers which others don’t have. You might be interested in a management position and you think you’d be comfortable in a manager’s desk in a corner office. But do you have what it takes? Do you think you are management material? Here are some tips to find out if you will make a good manager:

  • You like it when you don’t have anything to do.
  • You’re comfortable telling other people what to do.
  • You’re fascinated by work, you can sit all day and watch it.
  • You tend to “sweat the small stuff.”
  • You’re a loner in many ways.
  • You know what planning is. “Plan” is so much more than a four-letter word for you.
  • Your favorite cocktail drink? Milk of magnesia.
  • Your favorite dress up on Halloween is Alex P. Keating.
  • The horror writer you like most? Tom Peters

Most of all, here’s the number one clue that says you’re really management material:

  • You like it if people despise you for doing your job.

This is actually a fun checklist to tell if you have what it takes to be in a management position. But really, how is it to be a better manager?

To be a good manager, you ought to know that management is both a science and an art. You can be good in management when you get the proper training and as you learn the right skills. As a person, you need to have the following traits:

  • You are confident about your skills and abilities. You are happy with yourself yet you are willing to learn and be better.

  • You are a people person. You are an extrovert, although it doesn’t mean that you’re always the life of the party. But you are never a wallflower. You enjoy being with people.

  • You are honest and straightforward and it is easy for other people to trust you.

  • You are good in getting everyone involved. You do not exclude others even if they seem to lack certain attributes.

  • You exude the “presence” of a leader. People notice when you’re in a room and you’re not just another face in the crowd.

So how about it? Do you think you’re fit to be called “manager”, “sir”, “madam” or the “boss”? Confirm if you have the necessary attributes of a manager. Assess your strong points and determine which areas need improvement.

Mike Krutza specializes in executive coaching with individuals and teams. Visit Mike’s website here.

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