What’s been lost in the voluminous amount of material on creating great leaders is that some people aren’t cut out for a leadership role. I think that anyone can be successful if they really want to lead, but some people honestly don’t want to take on the role. What then? Should they be forced into a leadership role and be miserable along with everyone around them? Art Petty has a great post on why it’s OK to not lead. I love this line:
“Others simply want to cultivate their skills in an area they are passionate about, and a voluntary or forced decision to move away from that passion is like a prison sentence.”
Agreed. What if you are already in a leadership role and you know in your heart that it is not the right spot for you? Talk about it. Explore options. Make adjustments that move you in the right direction.
Oh, and think of it this way – what do you think it feels like to work for someone who is in the wrong role?
Source: Management Craft