“Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound” As A Man Thinketh (book) – James Allen

You will change as you become a manager. You will have to. You will face challenges you have never faced before. You will need to become better at dealing with conflict. You will need to become a better listener. You will need to show confidence and leadership when you feel like curling up into a ball and crying.

You will have to change. You, as a person, are always changing, but you will see it more dramatically when you become a manager, if you use your experiences to grow. Instead of worrying or reacting to this change, go with it. Embrace it and jump on it and agitate for it to happen.

The more you embrace this change in yourself, the more chance you have of ensuring these changes are positive. It can be easy to follow bad practices, unhelpful norms and become the manager you don’t want to be. Those changes aren’t positive.

So. Keep a check on yourself.
Check in and ask “Am I becoming a better person and manager?”

The answer, of course, should be yes.