A leadership or managerial position can require large amounts of work, long hours, and huge responsibilities, but the rewards can be very fulfilling, personally and financially.
True Leadership is about serving an organization and the employees within it. You are working to develop your team to its highest potential while also achieving the goals of the organization.
Being in a leadership role can be very complex and requires great communication skills. You are constantly dealing with a variety of people, each with different personalities and motivations. It is the job of a leader to get the best performance out of each individual.
Leaders create the vision and set the standard for what is possible within an organization, they engage, inspire and motivate their people to turn this vision into a reality. Great leaders often incorporate different types of management styles, with the understanding that a cohesive and high functioning team can accomplish much more.
Short answer: anywhere! Leaders and Managers are in high demand, with approximately 42,100 General Manager roles in Australia, and a 6.6% increase in team leader positions expected by 2025, the opportunities in leadership & Management are endless.
Understanding the fundamentals of leadership and management will create countless opportunities in a wide variety of companies and organisations. You could work for a small or medium enterprise, or even a large corporation. The choice is yours.
If you are ready to get ‘off the tools’ in your industry and move up to leading, supervising, and managing others, this is your next step. The higher you go within the path, the better your people skills need to be. Your responsibility for your people who you supervise and lead takes dedication, commitment, and skills. Matching this with the performance outcomes that your business or organisation requires is often a delicate balance but can also be very rewarding
Leadership and management is about getting your people inspired and sharing the vision set by the organization. It’s about motivating your employees and making sure the day to day activities are being met in order to achieve the goals of the organization.
It is important to keep in mind that leadership and management are not the same thing, and should never be mixed up. Just because someone is a great leader does not guarantee they will be a noteworthy manager.
Leaders inspire, guide and motivate employees to produce great work or rise to a challenge. A Manager on the other hand has the responsibility of planning, organizing, and controlling the day to day activities of the organisation.
Your salary will be based on previous experience, where you are working and the type of role you take on. Here are some examples of salaries and expected growth for different management roles:
Full-time Healthcare Managers earn around $2,148 per week (higher than the average of $1,460). The number of people working in this role grew strongly over 5 years, from 22,100 in 2014 to 23,900 in 2019, and is expected to reach 28,400 by 2024.
Full-time Administration Managers earn around $2,783 per week (higher than the average of $1,460). The number of people working in this role grew strongly over 5 years, from 9,400 in 2014 to 12,800 in 2019, and is expected to reach 14,700 by 2024.
Full-time General Managers earn an average annual salary of $200K (dependent on experience)
There are currently 47,100 general management positions in Australia and over 20% of these are baby boomers who are expected to retire in the next few years.
https://www.seek.com.au/career-advice/: General Manager
Depending where you are now on your management career, climbing the ladder is very important to many people. You will start as a leading hand or frontline supervisor and can work your way up to CEO or running your own business.
As you grow through this path, expect that you will need to gain qualifications, new skills, and undertake professional development along the way.
Management is a serious profession which should not be undertaken lightly as you hold the future of the people you supervise and lead in your hands. However, if you are looking for a highly rewarding career, this is the path to take.
“Through this course I have developed leadership skills and qualifications that can now better me into a different career path. I particularly enjoyed the flexibility of the course and working from home.” – Karen Christenson
“Every unit helped me to develop relevant work skills, and contained a good balance between theory and practical. Completing the course gave me more confidence in work situations and increased my self-esteem. People in management positions or new managers would benefit from a training program like this.” – Karen Lian Hagan
“The support process is excellent, and was an essential contributor to my success in completing the course. The entire training package developed my work skills, and are applicable to my current work position. I was able to juggle full-time work and family commitments while doing this course. This course in general has given me a boost in self-confidence.” – Deon Constance
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