How to Become a Manager

If you’re an aspiring manager in an organisation that respects meritocracy, I would like to help you on your journey. Having risen from Trainee to Executive Director & Shareholder in my organisation, perhaps my observations and insights may be useful to you.

See, four types of people often make it to top management:

1. The Closer
2. The Meticulous
3. The Believer
4. The Rainmaker

THE CLOSER: If you’ve ever watched Suits, Harvey Specter comes to mind here. There are some people who just get ish done without excuses. You give them a task and can go to sleep, knowing it will be done. You give them young people to mentor and are sure they will demand the same level of performance that they bring to the table, personally. They are priceless in any organisation and almost always make it to the top.

Brilliant people who lack an eye for detail or, the ability to deliver on schedule are a pain and need to be micro-managed. They are rarely put in charge of anything or anyone. Closers always get the job done.

THE METICULOUS: This group comprises detail oriented mavens, quality controllers and process efficiency experts. They provide the back-end support for excellent organisations and brands. They are invaluable.

THE BELIEVER: Believers are custodians of organisational culture. They are the bridge to the next generation and identify completely with a company’s values and mission. They protect, shield and promote an organisation. They are its brand ambassadors and internal mentors.

THE RAINMAKER: Rainmakers make money for an organisation. They may be deficient in their jobs but are master networkers and deal makers. They ensure that a steady stream of income flows to an organisation.

So, which one are you? CLOSER, METICULOUS, BELIEVER or RAINMAKER? If you’re none of these, perhaps it’s time to consider a career in a politicised organisation, where progression is not based on merit. Just joking.

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