Management is usually an entirely different ball of wax. So many times, technical folks make the leap into management because of the $$$.
You talked about this being a natural career progression - but what I didn't see is - what really motivates you?
There are differing motivational factors when your a manager vs. a technician. For instance, as a manager, one of your factors is the development of people on your team. As a technician, it's probably solving an issue. In both circumstances, you can make a difference but each draws upon a different area of you.
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