Depending on the circumstances, stepping down as a manager can be a positive career move. You might choose to step down from a managerial role for many reasons. It could be due to a desire to move into a different career field, take on a new challenge, or have more flexibility in your work schedule.
Or if you feel overwhelmed or burned out in your current role. According to research, middle managers' fallout due to burnout is 43%, senior management 37%, and executives 32%. So hell yes, consider leaving your management job to help solve your (future) burnout.
Jacinda Ardern recently resigned as prime minister because she no longer has a full tank. Take that as an example.
Taking a break from management can allow you to recharge and refocus, and you may find that you can better contribute to your organization in a different capacity. It may allow you to take on new challenges, gain new skills, or pursue other interests. It can also allow you to focus on your own personal and professional development, which can help you grow and advance in your career.
Whether resigning as a manager torpedoes your career or not will depend on various factors, including your personal goals, the nature of the job change, and the support and opportunities available to you in your new role. Ultimately, the impact of stepping down as a manager on your career will depend on your goals and the circumstances of your departure. It is possible to have a successful and fulfilling career after stepping down from a managerial role, but it may require some adjustments and a shift in focus.
These strategies will help you demonstrate to others - and yourself - that it's not a step backward but a transition that will make you happier and more productive, which benefits everyone.
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