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Leaders set the vision, and managers get it delivered. But the most organised and collaborative people can do both.

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What do management careers involve?

Every industry needs effective managers to help drive impact, and great leaders to inspire their people to be the best they can be. Organisations of all kinds need effective leadership to thrive. Natural organisers and communicators thrive in these roles, where a mix of method, empathy and entrepreneurial spirit tend to be a recipe for success.

People in management careers tend to enjoy fast-paced, challenging work where the ability to adapt and opportunities to help others reach their potential make for fulfilling work. Sometimes the most thrilling facet of leadership is entrepreneurship. If you have that desire within you, the foundations of leadership will be crucial for success.

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Is a management career right for me?

Careers in management are ideal for natural leaders, organisers and communicators. But there’s a lot more to management, and it’s important to explore this before deciding what to do. Managers need to be prepared for the responsibilities and pressures that come with the title. It can be a profoundly fulfilling career, but at times it can also be frustrating or demoralising – not everything is always going to go well. Could you handle giving somebody difficult feedback, or firing an employee you personally like?

This is not to diminish how rewarding and exhilarating it can be when things go right. When this happens, managers can ride the wave of success and be proud of the very real impact they have had on their organisation and the community they serve.

How do I get ahead in management?

There are numerous paths to become a manager, from working up through an organisation to completing a management course or qualification. Whatever industry you are in, completing a relevant course or qualification can help develop the knowledge and skills you need to enhance your chances.

Joining a growing company can be helpful, as there is a greater chance there will be a need for a new manager to step up. Ultimately, getting into management isn’t about what you know, it’s about what you do. Aspiring managers give themselves the best chance of success when they take every opportunity to add value to their team, take on projects with a high level of responsibility and take the time to mentor others.

Where could this career take me?

We’ve scoured the internet and found a whole heap of resources around life as a leader. Take a look at the links below to see what we’ve found.

HBR

Harvard Business Review

MT

Management Today – Inspiring Managers

CEO Mag

Management & Leadership Articles

Google

Business Careers at Google

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