I want to be a manager


Last week I was having a conversation with one of my friends about management. He works in IT and was a senior manager once but gave up the role because it wasn’t what he wanted. Now he’s back to what he loves best – being a tester.

My friend was telling me the story of another manager who gathered all his people in a room and asked them who wanted to be a manager. A few raised their hands. He said to them: “Those who raised their hands can leave the room, thank you. Now let’s see who can be a manager from those who remain. ”

I’m sure there is more to the story, but the one line goes like this: Those who are good managers almost always don’t want to be managers but they are good at what they do and people want them to be their managers. Don’t give the power to those who want it. When given power some people change their personality, they turn into bullies.

If you think management is power over people you’re dead wrong.

Needless to say, we’ve all seen managers who believe nobody else is right but them. You ask them “Why?” they respond “Because I say so, I’m the manager.” All this just because they think they have the power. I can almost hear them saying “Do you know who I am? Do you know that you are reporting to me? How dare you?”

What qualities do you appreciate in your manager? I want to hear something good, I’m sure there are managers out there who you love as a person and working for. Some people have responded, read here.

Photo credits: sridgway on flickr.com.

6 responses to “I want to be a manager

  1. “Those who are good managers almost always don’t want to be managers but they are good at what they do and people want them to be their managers.”

    Don’t want to be managers? Who said this nonsense?

    • Thanks to Joe I know that I cannot post just any BS, somebody actually reads this blog:))

      I agree the statement above does not make sense, so I went back to the guy who told me the story, see the edited text in the post.

  2. He said to them: “Those who raised their hands can leave the room, thank you. Now let’s see who can be a manager from those who remain. “

    Sorry. As you say most likely “there is more to the story”, but this other manager sounds like a fool. (Or more likely the story is just urban legend?).

    Let’s turn it around. Imagine he had asked them “who wants to be a Tester?” and then threw out the ones who indicated that they did and tried to make Testers out of people who didn’t want to be one?

    • The point is that management gives you power and some people abuse it. You are trying to make your point of this not making any sense?

  3. I agree that some people abuse power.

    I don’t believe it logically follows that you should therefore dismiss people who want to be managers, and promote people who don’t want to be managers.

  4. Very good article and very good points in comment too.

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