Many designers desire to go into management because they think that it will allow them to finally “make the call,” give the orders they so often chafe under, and give them instant respect. But even CEOs have to learn it isn’t quite that simple.
“The CEO is undoubtedly the most powerful person in any organization. Yet any CEO who tries to use this power to unilaterally issue orders or summarily reject proposals that have come up through the organization will pay a stiff price. Giving orders can trigger resentment and defensiveness in colleagues and subordinates. Second-guessing a senior manager can demoralize and demotivate not only that person but others around him, while eroding his authority and confidence.”