Let's talk a bit about your motivations to apply for this position.
I'm going to become a rockstar in my organization and in the whole world!
❌ When the team fails, it is your fault. When the team succeeds, the team becomes famous, not you. You're here to serve and help your teammates to expand their impact. You're not here to be in the spotlight, your role is to make them shine!
I have a say in everything and my teammates will have to do whatever I tell them!
❌ If you try to do so, you'll soon be labeled as the worst manager ever. You need to trust your teammates to do the right things and guide them along the way. You're responsible for developing their skills, making every decision for them will not help.
I will make a ton of money!
❌ Compensation is a matter of experience in a field, impact on your area, and market practice. An individual contributor can have a better salary than his manager.
✨ Fancy Title!
Yeah, it will look so cool on LinkedIn!
❌ The title means nothing without the related set of responsibilities and duties.
If one (or several) of the previous motivations is your main driver to become an engineering manager, you should seriously reconsider your stance.
These aspects can be seen as nice perks, but without a genuine interest in the role's missions, you will have a very low chance of succeeding, and you'll soon be unhappy.
On the other hand, having one or several of the following motivations will increase your chance to succeed in this role:
- ➕ I want to help engineers become better at their craft.
- ➕ I want to help teams to create more value, in better conditions.
- ➕ I want to have a different impact on the organization.
- ➕ I want to learn and develop a different set of skills.
- ➕ I want to evolve in a new job, a new path in my career.