Your career is going well, you are getting great reviews and your career is on the up and up. Your next step is to move into a leadership role. So what questions do you need to ask yourself before stepping into leadership?
Do I enjoy responsibility?
One of the things that you will have to do as a leader is take responsibility for making things happen. The buck also stops with you. If you don’t enjoy taking responsibility for your own and others’ actions, it might not be for you.
Am I willing to make the sacrifice?
Few people in really senior roles work a standard 8 hour day. 10 to 12 and sometimes even more is often the norm. Obviously, when you are working you are having to make other sacrifices. Make sure that you are willing to make those sacrifices.
Can I stand back and empower others?
Trusting others to deliver is a tough one. At the same time, it is absolutely essential if you are to achieve results. If you fail to stand back and empower others, the truth is you will simply burn out and not deliver.
Do I have the drive?
What is it that is really motivating you to step up to the plate and become a leader? Some might say that it is about money. However, the reality is that money by itself is not enough to drive you on when the chips are down. Knowing why you want it is vital as it is this which will provide the drive.
Am I ready for it?
You might never be able to answer this question alone. Feedback that you get from others will obviously be an indicator. I often say to people to ask themselves whether they can pass the 65% test. By that I mean can they do the bulk of the job but still have some scope for growth?
The Bottom Line
Becoming a leader is a huge decision and step, so make active choices if it is right for you.
Duncan Brodie helps accountants to make the move from highly effective professional to highly effective leader and manager. He invites you to check out his free training resources
Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 7,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.