Are you a first-line manager (or higher)? Or maybe an aspiring individual contributor with eyes on a management role? If so, please take five minutes and see if this could apply to your team or even you.
What attributes often nominate someone to a management position? Unless your organization has a “those who can’t play coach” mindset, it’s probably aspects like initiative, proven success, subject matter expertise, and institutional roots/loyalty. Those are all excellent strengths, but they can also make the transition hard or stunt true success, despite continuing ascension of the career ladder. Let’s drill into why.
At Rubrik, I work among a cadre of MVPs and repeat winners, many of whom are arguably the best in our industry. They are true territory conquerors.
So why would they change?
The ones I admire challenged their personal status quo because they saw raising an army of warriors like themselves to be the true path to global domination. They could only do so much on their own. But if they cultivated strong traits in others, they could be ten-fold more effective and even prepare the next generation of leaders and teachers.