I don’t know who came up with this extremely popular notion of promoting employees into leadership positions based on tenure, but to whoever’s responsible..stupid idea, bro.
The truth of the matter is this…
NOT EVERYONE’S LEADERSHIP MATERIAL…
And that’s okay!
Just because you’re a genius in your field…
Just because you’ve been at your job for twenty-some odd years…
It doesn’t mean you have to have direct reports.
It takes really particular skills to be a manager.
Heck- it takes a whole lot of patience too.
And for that reason, throughout my career I’ve been absolutely dumfounded when I’ve seen some not-so-leadership-material employees placed inmanagerial positions.
Let me say it again.
IT’S NOT FOR EVERYONE!
And like I said…that’s okay.
You can still be a genius.
You can still be kick-ass at your job.
But if you’re not leadership material, please, for God’s sake…don’t make other peoplesuffer.
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