Suffice to say that moving into a management role is sometimes the only way organizations can reward people who are performing well at the individual level. What that means is that often times, people who were good at and enjoyed their individual level role are asked to move into a management role that requires much more interaction with people.
Regardless of how you have found yourself “in charge” of others work and/or career development, one of the lessons I’ve learned is that to lead people you actually have to like and appreciate humans in general… and all of the things that “being human” brings along with it.
That doesn’t mean that you have to like everything your team says or does, or that you have to like everything about people ALL the time. It does mean, however, that a part of you must enjoy talking with people, solving problems between people, figuring out how people can successfully work together, etc. It is about becoming a people person.
If you don’t like people and would rather not talk to them all day long, then you might want to re-think accepting a management role.
Even those of us that relish interacting with people sometimes become frustrated with all the “people” problems that seem to confront us on a daily basis. You have to work hard to make sure that you don’t turn all your interactions with people into communications with people that have problems. Make time to connect with your people who are doing well, solving problems, anticipating problems, and coming up with solutions. Go out of your way to drop in on people that give you energy rather than only visiting people that take energy from you.
Interacting with humans can be fun!
What things are you doing to make sure you get some enjoyment out of working with people?