It’s Okay to Not Want to Be the Boss

  • women powering business
  • November 02, 2012

In a recent article for Women Powering Business, Heather Huhman writes that it’s okay to not aspire to be the ‘Boss.’ She notes that ‘an executive’s role is not right for everyone,’ but that‘s nothing to be ashamed of. While leadership roles are highly praised, Heather suggests that there are significant downsides to life at the top.

Making the Tough Decisions

Being the bearer of bad news, such as critical feedback, denying requests, and firing people, is all necessary for a business leader. Heather writes that the role requires a personality type that can tough decisions and live with them. There may be negative repercussions for these decisions that a leader must navigate in order to stand by their authority.

The Buck Stops Here

When a business effort fails or a team is let down, the fault always falls upon the one in-charge. Even if the decision or effort came from employees, the leadership is accountable for all actions of the company.

Life in the Limelight

As the boss, you are not part of the normal office culture but a quasi-celebrity. This position risks being scrutinized and ridiculed, especially when making the tough decisions. Gossip can be distracting and frustrating when trying to lead an organization

Heather concludes, “This is not to say that being an executive doesn’t have its perks or that it’s a horrible place to be in your career, but simply pointing out that the role of ‘boss’ is not everyone’s cup of tea.” While choosing your career path, consider what kind of role is ultimately right for you.

Heather Huhman is a career expert, experienced hiring manager, and founder & president of Come Recommended, and contributor for Women Powering Business, a source focusing on women-leadership in in the workplace.


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