3 Alarming Signs You Are Not Ready To Manage

As an executive leadership coach with years of experience, I’ve had the privilege of working with individuals at various stages of their careers. One common aspiration that many professionals have is to step into a management role. While leadership positions can be fulfilling and rewarding, they also come with unique challenges and responsibilities.

Here are three alarming signs that may indicate you’re not yet ready to take on a managerial role. Recognizing these signs early can help you make more informed career decisions and better prepare for future leadership opportunities.

Obsessed with Power: One alarming sign that you may not be ready for a managerial role is being power hungry. If your primary focus is on gaining authority and control rather than genuinely caring about your team and their development, it can negatively impact your ability to lead effectively. Successful managers prioritize people over power, recognizing that leadership is about empowering others to succeed, not exerting dominance.

Difficulty in Delegating Delegation is a fundamental skill for any manager. It involves entrusting tasks and responsibilities to your team members while maintaining accountability for the overall outcome. If you struggle to delegate or often feel the need to micromanage tasks, it could be a red flag. Effective managers know how to distribute work efficiently, leverage their team’s strengths, and empower employees to take ownership of their assignments. Learning to delegate effectively is a critical step in preparing for a managerial role.

Weak Communication and Conflict Resolution Skills Communication is the cornerstone of successful leadership. Managers must communicate their expectations, provide feedback, and address conflicts within their teams. If you find it challenging to communicate clearly, actively listen to others, or resolve conflicts in a constructive manner, it may indicate that you need further development in these areas. These skills are vital for building trust, maintaining a positive work environment, and achieving team cohesion.

Becoming a manager is a significant career milestone that requires careful consideration and preparation. Recognizing the signs that you may not be ready to manage can be a valuable self-assessment.

Lead From Within: Remember that leadership readiness is not solely determined by your current skills but by your commitment to growth and development.


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Lolly Daskal is one of the most sought-after executive leadership coaches in the world. Her extensive cross-cultural expertise spans 14 countries, six languages and hundreds of companies. As founder and CEO of Lead From Within, her proprietary leadership program is engineered to be a catalyst for leaders who want to enhance performance and make a meaningful difference in their companies, their lives, and the world.

Of Lolly’s many awards and accolades, Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc. magazine. Huffington Post honored Lolly with the title of The Most Inspiring Woman in the World. Her writing has appeared in HBR, Inc.com, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, and others. Her newest book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness has become a national bestseller.

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