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4 Ways to Tell You’re Ready for a Management Role

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 While the title of fitness manager or director may sound appealing, the unique tasks and challenges you will face are very different from the responsibilities you have as a personal trainer or group fitness instructor. The skills required to be a trainer or instructor don’t necessarily translate into being a successful manager. In reality, making the tough decisions isn’t always the most glamorous job. At the same time, calling the shots to create change in a world where obesity rates are continuing to rise can be extremely fulfilling.

So, how do you know if you are ready to make the move into management and lead a team?

Let’s take a brief look a few requirements of management to help you answer that question.

#1. You have a desire to lead others and create synergy.

Successful managers understand that their most important focus becomes the team they have assembled and cultivated. You will likely be in charge of hiring, training, supervising and ensuring each team member works to hit the goals you have helped create. While member retention remains the overall goal, pouring energy into hiring people with the right attitude and aptitude is critical. The time you spend supporting and encouraging them to do their job with energy and enthusiasm will in turn translate to member retention. Creating a team atmosphere among employees that largely work independently frees up energy you can then spend on other responsibilities. And you’ll have your work cut out for you: In today’s workforce there is a wide variety of both personalities and generations. You may have both Baby Boomers and Millennials on your team, so learning communication techniques for each generation is in your best interest.

#2. You know your strengths and really feel you can make a difference.

The responsibilities of a manager vary depending on the company’s mission and organizational structure, but understanding your role and where your strengths lie is critical for success. Are you expected to be the visionary of the program and create unique programs, services and offerings? It certainly helps to have a creative mind that can generate a lot of ideas! Or are you tasked with executing the vision of management above you? Are you there to train existing team members, carry out the programs already in place, assemble reports and analyze statistics, run payroll and handle day-to-day operational tasks? Will you be calling all the shots and making tough decisions, and ultimately be responsible for the program’s profitability? In most cases, your role will probably involve a blend of being both the visionary and executor. Regardless, strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to handle and prioritize often-competing tasks are all necessary to achieving results.

#3. You understand that a salaried

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