Everybody wants to be the manager at their horse job. Do you know what it takes, or do you just think you know? Being the manager can provide status, higher pay, and a sense of accomplishment. However, being a manager also comes with a different and more challenging set of duties and responsibilities.
Being promoted to manager is not just another step up the ladder from your previous non-management job. It puts you into a radically different type of job. Suddenly you will probably be faced with new communication requirements, team building and delegating, goal setting and motivating, planning and prioritizing, hiring and firing, reporting and giving feedback, longer work hours, and a higher stress level. None of us are born managers. Too often we assume we can do the job of manager and find out too late that we were not really prepared for the job. To see what it takes to really be a manager, take a look at this article: Basic Guide to Leadership and Supervision.