You shouldn’t be leading if:
- You see it as a right.
- You think people should be grateful.
- You think of it as a burden.
- You think you are owed.
- You expect to be recognized.
Leading is not for everyone and that’s fine. Not everyone should be leading, specially if the only reason to do it is to advance their careers. I believe that leading is a vocation parallel to being an individual contributor. It doesn’t make one role “better” or “worse”. They are just different, and equally important. Hence my belief that just because you choose a leadership role shouldn’t mean that you are to be paid more than an individual contributor.
I believe both leadership and individual contributors roles need to be financially comparable. They should be based on the impact to the overall team and company and not because of the role.
When leading, I am grateful for those that grant me the privilege to lead them. I know that that privilege can be withdrawn at any time. I’ve made more mistakes while leading than are listed above but I strive to do my best to continue to grow so that I can enable others to do the same.