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Would you rather...

I never thought I would want to manage people- sounded messy and annoying tbh


But now that I have I can't imagine going back to being an IC


What are your thoughts?

Be in an IC role or a Leadership role?
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InQ5WeTrust
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Sales Savages, what is our profession? Trauma!
Depends on the individual, as you noted management is about taking that step back and helping others succeed.ย 

If that ain't for you, there's nothing wrong with that. Sounds like you're getting something out of it if you don't want to shift back.ย 

Personally for now I'm focusing on IC, but who knows. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

Would also recommend checking out this recent thread that has related comments.ย 

https://bravado.co/war-room/posts/dilemna-star-or-go-to-management
FamilyTruckster
Acclaimed Answer
+7
Exec Director, Major Accounts
I prefer coaching, building and challenging folks.ย 

Iโ€™ve been an IC multiple times (including now) and Iโ€™m over it. Always love being in the room to close when needed, but working for my team is what I enjoy most.ย 
E_Money
Arsonist
+8
Outbound Sales Manager- US
I feel you there. I get burnt out in IC roles way faster than in MGMT roles
DungeonsNDemos
Politicker
+7
AE of B2B
I'm looking forward for down the road when I can move into management. I do enjoy helping others win and improve, but I'm not yet at the point where I feel ready to make the jump.
E_Money
Arsonist
+8
Outbound Sales Manager- US
Your time will come young padawan!ย 

Oz
Ozz
Politicker
+6
Account Executive
I enjoy being an IC because I crush it but Management is interesting as you get to spend more time on other sides of the business. I'm in a startup now so I'm splitting my time between IC/MGT which is painful at times.ย 
E_Money
Arsonist
+8
Outbound Sales Manager- US
Yeah I have been there too. Either way, one or the other is definitely better than both. Having to split time can really suck
Tomahawk
Fire Starter
+2
AE Team Lead
I personally look at a career progression and what Iโ€™m trying to get out of it. IC roles typically have a greater ability to directly affect their take home on any given day which is great for building up that war chest. Down the road I imagine Iโ€™ll personally be looking for something that allows me to focus on a little bit more stability. To each their own.
E_Money
Arsonist
+8
Outbound Sales Manager- US
I completely agree, IC tends to have greater opportunity to earn but less stability.ย 
alecabral
Arsonist
+8
Director - Digital Sales Transformation
I currently hold a Leadership role...with no ICs reporting to me. Ideal :)
E_Money
Arsonist
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Outbound Sales Manager- US
Interesting... no direct reports at all?
alecabral
Arsonist
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Director - Digital Sales Transformation
Just 1 actually but I consider him more of a partner than a direct report. He runs as many projects as I do.
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